What’ s under the turban?

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    Kate
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    Why do men in some Indian cultures wear turbans? What is underneath them?

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    Name : Kate, Gender : F, City : Melbourne, State : NA Country : Australia, 
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    Gwen
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    I’m not sure, since I’m not from India, but I think it’s their heads.

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    Name : Gwen, Gender : F, Race : Black/African American, Age : 52, City : Pittsburgh, State : PA Country : United States, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    CC19331
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    Hair. From what I understand, Sikh men aren’t supposed to cut their hair.

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    Name : CC19331, Gender : F, Race : Asian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 22, City : Toronto, Ontario, State : NA Country : Canada, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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    Rahul M.
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    People who wear turbans are Sikhs. It is a separate religion based in Amritsar (in northern India). In their religion, they do not cut their hair. Under their turban is their hair, rolled up. Nowadays, people are cutting their hair, but the turban is still worn because it has been a longstanding part of their heritage and tradition.

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    Name : Rahul M., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Bengali Indian, Religion : Hindu, Age : 19, City : Champaign, State : IL Country : United States, Occupation : Student/Blazer, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Manoj
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    Turbans are for protection from the heat and dust of the subcontinent. Not only Sikhs but also South Indians wear them.

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    Name : Manoj, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Asian, Religion : Atheist, Age : 22, City : Madras, State : NA Country : India, Occupation : Student, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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    ED25424
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    I’m not Indian either, but a white friend who had an Indian boyfriend told me the turbans are covering really long hair.

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    Name : ED25424, Gender : F, Race : Black/African American, Age : 45, City : Kansas City, State : MO Country : United States, 
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    Mr. Sohi
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    I teach at the San Jose Unified School District at Willow Glen Middle School. I wear my turban not because my hair is filthy, as many suspect, but because my father before me, and his father before him, wore it. My son will wear the turban also. It shows our ethnicity, our area of heritage, our roots, our pride and our manhood. I wear it every day and will be buried in it. It is as much a part of me as my head.

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    Name : Mr. Sohi, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Asian/Eastern Indian, Religion : Sikh, Age : 43, City : San Jose, State : CA Country : United States, Occupation : Teacher, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Sat Khalsa
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    Many people from a variety of cultures wear turbans, but, as a Sikh, I know that Sikhs are supposed to wear turbans as visible expression of our religious faith. Under it is unshorn hair (which can mean no hair at all–Sikhs can go bald too) braided or rolled into a bun on top of our heads which we call a joora. Most Sikhs also wear a small comb (kanga) tucked underneath this joora, which is also one of the five articles of faith (the five ‘k’s) that Sikhs are enjoined to wear at all times (kesh/hair; kanga/comb; kirpan/knife; kara/iron bracelet; kaccha/boxer shorts).

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    Name : Sat Khalsa, City : Toronto, State : NY Country : Canada, 
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