SIKHISM

Sikhism through Art

 

The Golden Temple, at Amritsar — so called because it is covered in gold leaf — is the sacred centre of this dynamic faith. Sikh culture is rich in physical symbolism and historic tales. Its holy book is the Guru Granth Sahib. This enshrines the religious poetry of of the Gurus, starting with Guru Nanak (1469-1539), who preached peace and tolerance, saying that ‘God is neither Hindu nor Muslim…’

By studying the 30 images in this 65 page pdf document, students can become familiar with the historic background within which Sikhism has evolved.

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LIST OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Part 1 — GOLDEN TEMPLE, FOCUS OF FAITH AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

Part 2 — NANAK, THE FIRST GURU: POET AND SPIRITUAL PATHFINDER

Part 3 — BUILDING THE PANTH: EIGHT GURUS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF NANAK

Part 4 — THE TENTH AND LAST GURU, FOUNDER OF THE MILITARY TRADITION

Part 5 — THE MAHARAJA WHO LOOKED AT ALL RELIGIONS WITH ONE EYE

Part 6 — TAKHTS, TURBANS AND STRICT CODES OF BEHAVIOUR

Part 7 — HOW SIKHS AND THEIR RELIGION HAVE SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD

Part 8 — TEACHING AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

MAP

Part 9 — LOOKING AT THE IMAGES
The Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab
Pilgrims approaching the Golden Temple
Main sanctuary in the Golden Temple
Reading of the Guru Grath Sahib in the Golden Temple
The birth of Guru Nanak
Guru Nanak at school
The Cobra’s shade
Guru Nanak’s interview with God
Guru Nanak converts a demon arsonist
Guru Nanak with Mardana and Bala
Guru Nanak with Bala holding a chauri
Guru Nanak
The Ten Gurus of the Sikhs
Guru Ram Das
Guru Har Krishan
Scenes from the life of Guru Tegh Bahadur
Guru Gobind Singh, contemporary portrait
Guru Gobind Singh initiating the Khalsa
The Forty saved ones at the Battle of Muksar
Martyrdom of two sons of Guru Gobind Singh
Baba Dip Singh
Maharaja Ranjit Singh on horseback
Maharaja Dalip Singh in court
Gurdwara Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur
A modern Sikh celebrating the warrior tradition
Ceremonial display of sacred weapons at the Akal Takht
Listening to a reading at a Sikh wedding
Making chapatis for the langar
Contemporary mural of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Sikh in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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