This chapter takes up various aspects of Sikh society, focusing on the Sikh homeland of Punjab in northern India. For Sikhs, the family unit is the backbone of society; the family system and social patterns, including caste within Sikhism, thus also take a significant share of this chapter. The chapter illustrates how traditional and largely patriarchal values and practices hold sway in present-day Sikh families, whether in India or in the vast Sikh diaspora. While there is much of Punjabi Sikh society to explore, this chapter focuses on gender, kinship and marriage patterns, caste, and the alternative religious practices of the Sikhs.
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