Sikhism and Digambara

Sikhism and Digambara
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Sikhism and Digambara
Religion defines the people's way of life as demonstrated through worship.
Nevertheless, the religious orientation affects the culture of the people
because religion serves as the way of life in the society. Therefore, religion
and culture signify a great relatedness based on their interaction with the
mode of dressing. It is imperative to note too that, the dressing is
synonymous with culture and religion because different religious groups have
different but distinct ways of dressing. As a matter of fact, dressing in both
culture and religious settings serves as the means of gender differentiation.
Nevertheless, it is important to discourage religious bias with reference to the
dressing because each religion has a definite meaning attached to their mode
of dressing.
I chose Digambara and Sikhism because of their relationships. First of all,
both of them originate from the Indian culture. Digambara is also known as
the Jainism (Singh, 2014). Therefore, the comparison of the two religions is
simplified by common origin which depicts similar cultural orientation which
is paramount in understanding religion. Nevertheless, the two religions
signify marked cultural differences in their way of worship where the
Sikhism majorly use white attires while the Digambara prefer nudity which is
line with their religious beliefs. On the other hand, Sikhism is characterized
majorly by white religious attires which signify purity and holiness.
Second Section
There is a marked uniqueness of dressing and attire between the Followers of
Sikhism and Dgambara.To begin with Sikhism there are different types of
attires a demonstrated in different religious setups. One such attire is the
Bana which is religious attire which is major worn by the traditional religious
Sikhs. The attire is majorly worn during the spiritual rituals particularly the
gurdwara which is a spiritual ritual conducted during holidays and during
other important religious festivals. Nevertheless, one can wear Bana on a
normal day if one wishing so. A Chola is religious attire won in the Sikhism
religion. The attire is majorly the type of Bana but which is purposefully
preserved for the warriors. It is composed of a free skirt like material to allow
for the freedom of movement. The attire has a religious significance because
an ancient religious leader by the Guru Har Rai is believed to have won A
Chola with combined colors on a daily basis due to his mastery of religious
Moreover, Sikhism signifies multiple dressing attires and it includes hajoori
or in other words known as hazoori. The hajoori is majorly performing attire
which is mostly won by gurdwara festivals. The people who are specialized
to wear hajoori are known as Katha and are the dignified performers during
gurdwara festivals. Furthermore, the hajoori attire is won by a group known
as Nihang warriors who are a special group of warriors among the followers
of Sikh religion. Hajoori has multiple purposes and it is also won by the
Singhs which is the group that is mandated to sing kirtan during different
religious rituals and worship sessions. Furthermore, the religious leaders are
expected to wear hajoori devotional services and particularly when they are
assigned to read Sikh devotionals.
It is paramount to underscore that Sikhism does not allow entry of the
worship gurdwara worship halls with the normal footwear nevertheless; there
is a special type of footwear that Sikhism allows to enter into worship halls
with which are known as jutti slippers. The slippers are identified and may be
difficult at times to understand which one belongs to the left and which one
belongs to the right as well. For this reason, the worshippers are emphasized
to war them continually the feet gets accustomed to them.
Daastar refers to a collection of articles of faith among the Sikh which are
won for identity reason. Daastar is forms what is known as five articles of
faith in the Sikhism religion (Jacobsen, Aktor, & Myrvold, 2014). The five
articles include of faith which include kesh which particularly the unshorn
hair for ladies, kanga which is a small comb carrying during religious
ceremonies and used for identification even in normal occasions, Kara which
is a still bracelet and used majorly worn for identification purposes by the
Sikh leaders, another article is known as Kiran which is a religious article
resembling a knife signifying the mighty and power of the Sikh The last
religious article is known as kachera which signified the shorts of soldiers
hence signifying full spiritual preparation of the Sikh soldiers.
Third Section
The Sikhism and Digambara signify great similarities and difference as
captured in the introductory paragraph, first of all, nudity is significant
among the followers of Digambara because they believe that the name of
their religion means being dressed in the quarters of the sky (Long,
(2013).Therefore, Digambaras believe that the outward dressing is
meaningless because they are supernaturally clothed hence rendering the
outward dressing meaningless (Long, 2011). Therefore, the outward
appearance according to the Digambara is a basic indication of an individual
who has understood their faith because there is no need of hiding the external
appearance when one is promised a supernatural dressing. However, the
Sikhism believe that nudity is evil and that a religious person should observe
descent dressing in order to serve a good example to others in the
community. The monks among the Digambaras must observe total nudity
because it is believed that the original monks who constructed Digambara
were naked. Nevertheless, the monks in schism should observe descent
dressing, especially in white punjabs and turbans to which is a good
representation of religion. According to the Digambara, the monks and the
nuns should not out on air because that will be against the doctrine of nudity
because hair will demand careful treatment and dressing hence taking the
quality time that would be used in organizing and conducting religious
rituals. However, Sikhs believe that long hair is divine and therefore the
existence of long hair among the monks and nun in the Sikh religion signify
greatness for men and humility for women.
Although nudity in the public places is prohibited for nun among the
Digambaras due to social nuisance, Sikh also permits nudity for nuns known
as yogis (Jacobsen, Aktor, & Myrvold, 2014). As a matter of fact,
Digambaras believe the original monks developed the doctrine of nudity
owning to the supernatural dressing at the quarters of the sky. While Sikh
maintains that nudity is evil and should not be entertained in public and in
places of worship.
In conclusion, it is evident that religious practices and believes that an
individual adopts depends on their upbringing. Moreover, no one religion is
better than the other because each is based on the ideologies of its
perpetrators. Therefore, the students should advocate for religious tolerance
while educating one another on the basis of cultural development. The culture
of the people evolves; their religious beliefs evolve as well leaving seeming
retrogressive and misleading beliefs. For instance, the doctrine of nudity
observed by the Digambaras is attributed to the historical inheritance of the
religious believes as development by the original monks of Digambara.
Nevertheless, in course of advocating for religious tolerance, social injustices
that may be advocated by such religion should be shunned sternly.
Jacobsen, K. A., Aktor, M., & Myrvold, K. (Eds.). (2014). Objects of
Worship in South Asian Religions: Forms, Practices and Meanings.
Long, J. D. (2013). The Dharma Paradigm and ethos some insights from
Jainism and Vedānta. International Journal of Dharma Studies, 1(1),
Long, Jeffrey (2011). Jainism: Key Themes. Religion Compass 5/9 501-510
Religions - Jainism: Monks, nuns and temple worship. (2009, September 14).
Retrieved February 11,2018,
Singh, B. (2014). The Five Symbols Of Sikhism: Some contemporary issues.
Sikh Formations, 10(1), 105-172.

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