WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SIKHISM? by Beryl Dhanjal

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SIKHISM?

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 An entry in the What Do We Know About series that intends to enlighten but here only confuses. Dhanjal sets out to answer questions readers may have about this religion and its followers in double-page spreads. The answer to the first question, ``Who are the Sikhs?,'' appears without context or background: ``Sikhs believe in one God. They also believe in the ten Gurus (founding teachers) and the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book prepared by one of the Gurus). Some Sikhs believe that they should also belong to the Khalsa, the special community set up by the tenth Guru. . . .'' Other perplexing questions: ``What happened after the last Guru died? Are the Sikhs great travelers? Do Sikhs enjoy music and dance? Do Sikhs like stories?'' The presentation is circular and unfocused, making the information inaccessible and leaving much of the theology and vibrancy of Sikhism unnecessarily mysterious. Full-color illustrations and photographs show Sikhs dressed in their customary, brightly colored turbans and veils; also included is a recipe for making a special food to be handed out in the prayer hall. For patient, scrupulous readers, some sense of Sikhism will emerge, but this is by no means a standard text on the religion. (maps, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1997
ISBN: 0-87226-387-8
Page count: 40pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1996