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Sikhism is a fairly new religion (created at around 1500 CE), founded in India. Originally a sort of syncretism of both Islam and Hinduism, it is now one of the larger religions in the world, currently ranked fifth in terms of membership (about 26 million). Very devout Sikhs known as "Khalsa" are very distinctive because they are forbidden to ever cut their hair, and instead keep it wrapped up in turbans. The Khalsa are also required to keep certain items with them at all times, including a comb, special underpants, and some form of knife. As opposed to Christianity, there are only 5 "deadly sins," or "cardinal vices": lust, anger, greed, worldly attachment, and pride.
They also espouse a system of absolute equality between genders, religions, and races and their commandments more or less boil down to "be a good person and do good for other people" and not "Do as God says or he'll smite the shenanigans out of you" or "Despite you being a totally base and vile person who deserves to burn in Hell, a really awesome guy says you're worth it and died for you and so you'd better thank him every time you turn around." So, you know, good for them.
- ↑ This led to many Sikhs being harassed or killed since the September 11th attacks in the US, as people continue to mistake them for radical Muslims. The turban has also been falsely attributed to Hindus as well.
- ↑ Bans on even dull, ceremonial knives have started causing large problems for Sikhs who wish to fly.
- ↑ http://www.sikhs.org/philos.htm