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Honorifics, Titles and Styles of Address (Sikh)

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxxiii ] Among the titles current in the S ikh P anth the Arabic Sahib covers a particularly wide range. Used by the G urus as a name of God it is now attached as an honorific postposition to personal names, the scripture, sanctified towns or villages, and important G urdwaras. Other styles are prefixed and are more specific. N anak , originally addressed as Baba (Father), is now (with his successors) generally known as Guru [25: 251–3]. Bhagat designates any poet (other than the Gurus) whose works appear in the A di granth ( see B hagat B ani ) [26: 60–1]. Bhai (Brother) is applied to male Sikhs of notable piety or religious learning, and is also used for a granthi (gurdwara custodian), ragi (kirtan singer) or dhadi (itinerant narrator of Sikh tradition). Giani designates a learned person; S ant a teacher of Sikh doctrine who attracts a following; and Jathedar the commander of a jatha (military or political unit). K es-dhari Sikhs (those with uncut hair) are addressed as Sardar for men and Sardarni for women. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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