Kara Bangle

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
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In my family, my father is Sikh. So, I grew-up, watching my father wear his silver bracelet. Since my mom is Christian, my parents allowed me to choose which religion I felt more connected to and I chose the Christian belief, but I still learned a lot about my father’s religion because it is half of who I am. Some background is that Sikhism is the South Asian, North Indian religion founded in 1469, by Guru Nanak in the Indian region of Punjab. The Sikhs’ main ideology of life is in order to lead a good life, you must keep God in your heart and mind at all times. Gender equality in this group depends on allowing women to be regarded equal to men, affording them all the rights and privileges enjoyed by males. Women are considered to have an equal right to grow spiritually, with the ability to lead religious congregations as a priest or preacher as well as to take part in religious ceremonies of baptism formally known as amrit. Wearing a kara is a major article of faith in the Sikh religion and is considered a religious practice. Kara is valued for its energetic and magnetic effects on the self’s inner Aura. For men, it is viewed that if worn on the right hand, it strengthens the male active energy and for the females, it channels their more receptive energy when worn on their left hand. 

Place(s): Amritsar, Punjab, India
Year: 1989

– Angelique

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