Lately I was attending a traditional Sikh wedding ceremony in Alor Star, which was very impressive. Everybody has to cover the head with a turban or a piece of cloth. This woman is the priest reading from the holy scripture of the Sikh, The Granth, to the groom and bride.
Sikhism is an offshoot of Hinduism. Regarded by many scholars as only a reformed Hindu sect, it is considered by its own followers as a separate faith. The British Indian census has recognized it as such and each decade numbered the Sikhs apart from the Hindus. The most recent census revealed a total of 5,691,447 followers of the faith. A comparative study of population growth and the growth of the Sikh movement over the last four decades indicates a steady growth, substantially exceeding the percentage increase of the total population. Sikhs are liven all over the world, among others also in Malaysia.
The scriptures of the Sikhs are almost wholly unknown to the western world. Though there are now a number of anthologies containing selections from most of the sacred books of the world, so far only one that has come to the attention of the writer contains anything from the Granth, the Sikh Bible, and that only a very limited selection.
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Lance (24) 2009-06-23 18:54
Nice shot. It sets the scene very well. I feel like I am present.
serp2000 (45060) 2009-06-23 23:30
Another fine shot! Very interesting photo, good composed, nice colours and details. TFS!
Graal (103036) 2009-06-23 23:37
an interesting scene and portrait in one. Good note with informations. Useful work. I like it.
josepmarin (58359) 2009-06-24 4:41
An interesting scene to know this wedding ceremony of another culture and another religion.
The portrait of this woman priest reading the hly scriptures is very natural and spontaneous, with a good photographic result.
An agreeable work.
jusninasirun (17162) 2009-06-24 9:45
You are doing pretty well here in TE. I can see two shining gold bars fencing your ID. Well done!
This shot is really nice under harsh lighting. The sharpness is pristine as I wish I could read those written in the book. Beautiful framing and TFS.
stego (24132) 2009-06-24 10:42
Interesting and well composed portrait, that couldn't be better to illustrate the informative note. I didn't know that the "outside" world knows so little about this religion that I have the idea to be quite open or open minded, at least, if we don't consider those habits of not cutting the hair or bringing a knife. I didn't know they had women priests, for instance, and I thought they were closer to Islam (sufists?) than with Hinduism.
- Copyright: Urs Muller (Urs) (14082)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-20
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Olympus E3, Leica D Vario Elmarit 14-50mm F2.8-3.5, CF 4GB 200x
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-23 17:32