World Religions: Sikhism

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Attached is the course textbook and formatted instructions. 
Course Paper and Paper Presentation Write a 1500-word paper on Sikhism
Answer the following questions:
1.    What is the worldview ofthe religion?  Worldview is how thereligion views the world and its place in the world.  You are not being asked to tell how othersview this religion.
2.    What are the importantreligious practices and does this religion have important religious practicesbeyond the 12 areas that our textbook focuses on?
3.     What most often / easily offends people who practice thisreligion?
4.    What are the taboos ofthe religion?
5.     What are your recommendations to outsiders as ways to be mostconsiderate of people who practice this religion?
6.    If possible, you shouldtry to interview a person who practices this religion. See me for some guidanceon how to locate people who practice these religions.  
a.      Don’t worry about this
7.    You should organize yourpaper around these questions.  A paperwhich consists only a general statement of the religion’s beliefs, history,
8.    and subgroups will notearn a passing grade.  
9.    Your paper will beevaluated according to “Evaluation of the course paper” section of thesyllabus.   
•  Submit your paper as a Word document attached toemail to the instructor.  •  Your presentation should consist of no more than6 slides.•  Avoid writing full sentences on the slides; usekey phrases•  Each slide should be accompanied by a narration,either audio or writtenin the notes section for each slide.•  The narration should explain the key phrases onthe slide that itaccompanies.•  The slides should tell what you learned aboutthe religion that you wroteon; especially focus on the answers to thequestions that you are asked toresearch for the paper (see bulleted list onpage 1 above).•  Post your presentation on the Week 8 discussionand respond to thepresentations of one or two other students.
Gwynne, P. (2018). Worldreligions in practice: A comparative introduction (2nd ed.). Wiley.
1.     Art (Gwynne, chapter 1)
At the heart of religion lies thebelief in a transcendent reality that provides an overarching context for humanlife and all that it contains. Seen through religious eyes, this visible worldis not the full story. There is a dimension beyond the visible that holds thekey to the origin, the purpose and the ultimate destiny of the cosmos and itsinhabitants. Where religions tend to diverge is on the specific nature of thisdimension. Is it personal or impersonal? Is it one or many? Is it masculine orfeminine? Is it fundamentally similar to or different from us? The answers tosuch questions can be found by investigating one of the principal practicalways in which Hindus, Buddhists, Daoists, Jews, Christians and Muslims accessthe transcendent   their use or non‐use of the sacred image
(Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 29)
2.     Buildings (Gwynne, chapter 10)
Religion not only casts atranscendent light on time but it also sanctifies the three‐ dimensional spacethat characterizes our world. Although most religions believe that the Absoluteis ubiquitous, they also identify particular places where it can be moretangibly and powerfully experienced. In Chapters 10 and 11 we shall explore twoways in which ordinary space is given extraordinary meaning: via religiousbuildings and sacred journeys. This chapter will focus on the physical edificesthat serve as places of communal prayer and devotion. What is the religiousbuilding of each major faith? What primary and secondary functions does it serve?What are its salient architectural features? What religious beliefs areexpressed by the details of its exterior and interior design?
(Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 273)
3.     Book/Sacred Text (Gwynne, chapter 2)
Whether a religion supports orcondemns the use of sacred images, each of the six major religions possesses aset of written texts that are considered to be uniquely holy and authoritative.If not all faiths accept the validity of visual access to the transcendent viaa painting or an icon, there is a greater willingness to accept the legitimacyof verbal access. Religions may disagree as to whether the divine face can bedepicted, but there is a broad consensus that the divine voice can be heard andthe divine word captured in human language. In this chapter we shall explorethe sacred books of each religion. What are their form and contents? What isthe basis of their authority? Who were the human authors involved? Who may readthe texts and how are they used in ritual and daily practice?
        (Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 56)
4.     Ethics (Gwynne, chapter 3)
Inaddition to its ethical dimension, religion also sheds meaning on the journeyof life, especially important milestones along the way such as birth, marriageand death. In Chapters 4 to 6 we will examine the life‐cycle rituals associatedwith these three key moments, commencing in this chapter with the ways in whichthe six world religions celebrate and interpret the beginning of human life.What are the birth ceremonies in each of the six religions? What primarysymbols and gestures are used and why? How do they convey notions of identityand membership of the faith community?             (Gwynne,2018,  pdf pg 84)
5.     Birth (Gwynne, chapter 4)
Inaddition to its ethical dimension, religion also sheds meaning on the journeyof life, especially important milestones along the way such as birth, marriageand death. In Chapters 4 to 6 we will examine the life‐cycle rituals associatedwith these three key moments, commencing in this chapter with the ways in whichthe six world religions celebrate and interpret the beginning of human life.What are the birth ceremonies in each of the six religions? What primarysymbols and gestures are used and why? How do they convey notions of identityand membership of the faith community?              (Gwynne,2018,  pdf pg 109)
6.     Death (Gwynne, chapter 5)
Akey element in religion’s claim to provide an answer to the riddle of life isits insight into the meaning of death. The religious belief that a form ofafterlife lies beyond the grave casts human existence in a completely newlight. For believers, it opens up the possibility for definitive justice in aworld where all too frequently the innocent suffer and die while the guilty gounrepentant and unpunished. It grounds the hope that love will not end and thatdear ones may be seen again. It suggests that the desire to live forever, whichis so deeply ingrained in the human spirit, is not in vain. But how does eachof the six religions envisage the next world? What is the ultimate destiny ofhuman beings? What is the significance of the physical body? What do thefuneral rites of each religion tell us of these things?
        (Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 131)
7.      Marriage  (Gwynne, chapter 6)
a.      celibacy & clergy employment
Alongside birth and death, the third riteof passage that is commonly invested with religious meaning and celebrated withreligious ritual is marriage. For many faiths, the formal union of husband andwife is not merely a vital social institution in which children are conceivedbut also a serious religious duty, a means of worship and an earthly symbol ofa transcendent reality. How does each of the six world religions understand themeaning of marriage? What are its primary ends? How does this understandingaffect practical issues such as interfaith marriages, the number of partnersand the conditions of divorce and remarriage? How is this meaning expressed inthe symbolism of the wedding ceremony? What is the attitude of each religion tocelibacy as an alternative lifestyle? What impact has the example of thefounder had on belief and practice?
                (Gwynne,2018,  pdf pg 152)
8.     Food  (Gwynne, chapter 7)
Itis generally acknowledged that the two most basic physical necessities of humanexistence are food and clothing. As corporeal beings in time and space, ourbodies need inner nourishment and external protection. These two ordinaryaspects of daily life also constitute an important part of religious practiceand are invested with extraordinary meaning. In this chapter we focus onreligious practices involving food, drink and meals. What types of food doesfaith favor or forbid? What principles lie behind traditional food taboos? Howdoes food reflect the relationship between fellow believers, and between thebeliever and divine reality? What role does food play in worship and the questfor salvation or liberation?
        (Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 189)
9.     Clothing (Gwynne, chapter 8)
Alongwith food, clothing is one of the most fundamental of human physical needs.Apart from the basic function of providing protection for the body from theelements, the clothes that we wear also carry an array of social meanings.Different styles of apparel can be used to maintain levels of modesty, indicateparticular occupations and roles, and signify membership of socio‐culturalgroups. In some respects, the old adage has a point: “Clothes maketh the man.”Religious practice is also characterized by the inherent potential in ordinaryclothing to convey deeper theological values. This chapter will explore themost prominent forms of religious attire in each of the six religions. In whatspecifically religious ways do believers dress and fashion their appearance? Dosuch customs apply to all believers or only certain members of the faith? Arethey linked to daily life or special circumstances? Most importantly, whatreligious meanings do they signify?
        (Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 215)
10.Year (Gwynne, chapter 9)
Humanexistence is played out in a four‐dimensional cosmos, shaped by the fundamentalcategories of time and space. The very fabric of our being and all aspects ofour world are intrinsically spatio‐temporal by nature. Even religion, whichpoints beyond time and space toward transcendent reality, is rooted inthis world of now and then, here and there. As with other aspects of daily life,these basic categories are taken up and transformed by religious understanding.Time and space are recast through the eyes of faith and given a more profound,holy meaning. This chapter focuses on the temporal aspect of reality, inparticular the annual calendars of the six religions. What is its basicstructure? How are the years counted? When do major festivals occur? Whatpractices and meanings are associated with them? Are there specific periods orseasons inserted into the year and what do these signify?
        (Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 241)
11. Journey (Gwynne, chapter 11)
Transcendentreality can be experienced in the special space within the house of worship,but it is also sought after in more distant places of exceptional significance.Such locations beckon the believer to visit them and to draw on their unique ethos,even if only once in a lifetime. Ordinary space is rendered extraordinary notonly by the sacred building but also by the sacred journey. In this chapter weexplore the sanctification of space via the experience of the pilgrim. What arethe main pilgrimage destinations in each of the six religions? Why are theseparticular places so significant? What physical features mark the sacredlocation and what specific actions and rituals are performed there? What arethe main motives for such journeys and what aspects of belief are highlightedand expressed?
        (Gwynne, 2018,  pdf pg 299)
12. Introductions? (Gwynne,chapter 1)
Idk what the 12ththing discussed in pdf is?
Gwynne, P. (2018). Worldreligions in practice: A comparative introduction (2nd ed.). Wiley.

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