The Sikh identity.
retained a physical identity that distinguishes them in public since the
beginning of the tradition, even in the backdrop of South Asia. This
identification defines someone who has formally committed to the values of the
faith by accepting initiation and contains five articles of faith: kesh
(unshorn hair), kanga (little comb), kara (steel/Iron bracelet), kirpan (religious
object resembling a Sword), and kachera (soldier-shorts). Sikhs treasure their
articles of faith because they consider them to be a gift from their beloved
which can be worn by both men and women, is perhaps the most obvious feature of
the Sikh identity. The turban was traditionally worn by royalty in South Asia,
and the Gurus adopted it as a symbol of all people's sovereignty and equality.
Wearing a turban for a Sikh signifies a public dedication to the tradition's
principles and ethics, such as service, compassion, and honesty.