Wednesday, April 23, 2008
the 5 ks
made it to amritsar, to the golden temple. we stayed there two nights - (the temple houses anyone that wants a place to stay - and masses of sikhs, coming to worship, sleep there.) the foreigners are all housed seperately, and we had good accommodations - in fact, i slept there better than i slept at several of the hotels where i have stayed.
i've enjoyed learning more about some of the religions that make up india. and sikhism is fascinating. i won't go into the history and all that, like i did last time, but will at least mention a couple of things, like "the 5 ks," or the emblems of a "full-fledged" sikh:
kesh- don't cut their hair
kanga- the comb that's used to maintain their hair
kaccha- knee-length underwear for modesty
kara- bracelet worn on the right wrist
so it's become easy to recognize a sikh. (some of the men don't wear the turban, and some cut their hair, but you can always recognize the kara on the right wrist.) i enjoyed the temple. we arrived in the evening, and the sun was down - so the temple was lit with lights around the complex and the gold covering it was so bright. but i will post more on this later, cause its late here, and i am tired.