Sikh Turbans

Turbans are headgear made of cloth wrapped around the head. Turbans are worn, mainly by men, in many communities in Indian, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and in some areas if of Northern and Eastern Africa. Turbans worn in Pakistan and India are known as Dastaars, Pags, or Pagris. They are worn for a variety of reasons such as to show caste or status, cover facial and head hair, or even to help protect from the heat, wind, and sand. When I think of turbans, the first religion that comes to my mind is Sikhism. Sikhism originated in northern India and Pakistan in the 15th century and is one of the world’s latest monotheistic religions. Sikh men typically wear a peaked turban that partially helps to wrap their long hair. Faithful Sikhs  both men and women, do not ever cut their hair because of the respect they have for God’s creation. Devoted Sikh men don’t cut their beards either. They comb their facial hair and then twist and tuck it up into their turbans with the hair from their heads.

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