SIKHISM, a religion of India, whose followers (Sikhs) are principally found in the Punjab, United Provinces, Sind, Jammu and Kashmir.
These regiments, consisting of Gurkhas, Sikhs and Pathans, are distributed throughout the Shan States and the northern part of Burma.
The Sikhs of to-day, though they all derive primarily from Nanak, are only recognized as Singhs or real Sikhs when they accept the doctrines and practices of Guru Govind Singh.
Thenceforward the Sikhs believe the spirit of Nanak to have been incarnate in each succeeding guru.
He used to place all his Sikhs and visitors in rows and cause them to eat together, not separately, as is the practice of the Hindus.