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five Ks

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(Other Non-Christian Religions) the five Ks items traditionally worn or carried by Sikhs, each possessing a symbolic importance. See Kachera, Kangha, Kara, Kesh, Kirpan
[translation of Punjabi panch kakke]

five Ks

The five items that Sikh males are supposed to wear or carry as symbols of their faith. These are: the kangha, a comb, the kara, a steel bangle, the kesh, beard and uncut hair (covered by a turban), the kirpan, a short sword, and the kuccha, short trousers.
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Keeping long hair (kesh) is a basic tenet of the Sikh religion and is one of the five Ks which the last Sikh guru Gobind Singh instructed his followers to adopt.
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The five Ks are: Kesh or uncut hair, symbolising the perfection of God's creation and a belief in a simple life' Kanga, a small wooden comb, used twice a day and worn in the hair at all times' Kara, a steel bangle worn on the right wrist and representing a link with God' Kirpan, a small, sheathed ceremonial sword or dagger, signifying courage and self-defence' and Kachha, specially made cotton knee-length boxer-type shorts, denoting self-restraint and a high moral character.
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They were 'resurrected' by the Guru and honoured with five gifts, which have come to be known as the Panj Kakkar or Five Ks.
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Sikhs vow to wear the five Ks, which include a dagger, comb and bangle, and to eat only ritually killed meat, refrain from committing adultery or cutting their hair.