Correct Answer I included this question because I am a woman, and I love Sikhism because it specifically states that all people, regardless of caste, social standing, gender, age, race, etc... are seen as equals under God. It is a very progressive religion in that respect, because Sikhism was born of a culture with the caste system and a lot of disrespect for women (no offense intended towards Muslims and Hindus). I hope you enjoyed my quiz and learned a lot about Sikhism, thank you!
Correct Answer Kesh means uncut hair. Sikh hair should be kept uncut always. Kesh symbolizes spiriuality. Many Sikh men wear the turban, or dastan or pugh, to cover their unshorn hair. No other headgear can be used istead of the turban. It is a requirement for all Khalsa Sikh men, and an option for Sikh women. The turban is a sigh of self esteem for Sikhs and also people of many other middle eastern cultures, although is it most seen in and associated with Sikhism. The turban sets Sikhs apart from other cultures, thus being a symbol of pride. All Sikhs (men and women) are required to cover their heads while in a Gurdwara as a sign of respect to the Guru Grath Sahib.
Question: The second K is Kanga. What does this mean?
Correct Answer The kanga is a comb used to keep the long, unshorn hair of the Sikh nice and managable. It symbolizes hygeine and discipline. Sikhs believe hair should not be cut, because hair represents spirituality. However, unlike Rastafarians who also believe hair should be unshorn, Sikhs say that the hair must be combed and kept "unmatted" (not in dreadlocks).
Question: Guru Gobind Singh also gave females a middle name, Kaur. What is the popular translation (not the literal) for this word?
Correct Answer Though the literal translation is "prince", the popular translation for the word Kaur is princess. Guru Gobind Singh showed his respect for women and the equality they should enjoy by making all Sikh women princesses.
Question: Guru Gobind Singh gave all Sikh men the last name (or middle name) "Singh". What does this word mean?
Correct Answer Singh means "lion" and is given to all male Sikhs as their middle name. Originally, it was supposed to be used as a last name, to set no one apart under God, but with the popularity of using a family name as the last name, Sikh parents have opted instead to give their sons Singh as the middle name.