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Doris R. Jakobsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835330

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.001.0001

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Sikh Diversity

Sikh Diversity

(p.105) Chapter 6 Sikh Diversity

Doris R. Jakobsh

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the diversity of Sikh identity, specifically distinct groups included under the umbrella of “Sikhism.” Although the Khalsa Sikh identity has often been presented as normative and the only authentic expression of what constitutes Sikh identity, there is no such consensus in this regard among Sikhs. Differences in the Sikh community existed from the very beginning of the Sikh tradition. As a result of Guru Nanak’s establishing succession based on merit as opposed to lineage, a number of the gurus’ sons created their own followings. One such group is the ascetic Udasi order, who claim to trace their authority to Guru Nanak’s eldest son, Srichand. Another guru’s son established a following whose members came to be called Minas.

Keywords:   Sikh identity, Khalsa Sikh, Sikh community, Guru Nanak, Sikhism, Sikh tradition

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