Although there are 23 million Sikhs worldwide and more than 250,000 in the United States, Sikhism remains a source of misconception for many Americans, especially in the years following 9/11. One of the world’s major religions, Sikhism has been practiced for more than 500 years and emphasizes such beliefs as non-violence, social responsibility and equality for all.
|Myths and Realities|
Learn about Sikh practices and beliefs, from long hair and head coverings to meat eating and gender equality.
How did Sikhism originate, and why? Learn more about the roots of this religion, from the 15th century to today’s worldwide Sikh diaspora.
Find out more about the basic tenets and beliefs of Sikhism, including the turban and the “5 Ks.”