Definition of Sikhism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiːkɪz(ə)m/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪkɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
A monotheistic religion founded in Punjab in the 15th century by Guru Nanak.
Example sentences
  • Guru Nanak founded Sikhism in the 15th century.
  • The first master of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, realised that to draw crowds so that he can talk about universal truths, the best method was to start singing, and the Scriptures that he started writing were all compiled in music.
  • All the authors that I have read on Sikhism consider Sikhism to be a monotheistic and a revelatory religion.

Sikh teaching centres on spiritual liberation and social justice and harmony. Sikhs follow ten gurus, from Guru Nanak (1469–1539) to the last guru, Gobind Singh (1666–1708). Gobind Singh passed his authority to the scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, and to the Khalsa, the body of initiated Sikhs, who show their allegiance by five signs, called the five Ks ( see Khalsa).

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