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Liv - Adding Patase: Hearing the Feminine in the Khalsa


Sikhs are very proud of our tradition of gender equality which stems from Guru Granth Sahib ji and the lives of the historical Gurus. The reality of the modern Panth leaves a lot to be desired though, and modern Sikhi is overwhelmingly dominated by male voices and perspectives.

As we celebrate the birth of the Khalsa Panth, let us try to answer the following questions:

Where are the lost female voices of Sikh history?
What do we lose as a community when we silence the female perspective?
How is including the feminine perspective important for the entire Panth?

Through historical examples and focusing on examples from the Bani of the Gurus and Bhai Gurdas, we'll listen for the female voice in the Khalsa Panth. Let us explore what was gained when Mata Jeet Kaur added the Patase to the Amrit all those years ago.

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Santbir Singh

Research Associate

Santbir Singh is a Research Associate with SikhRI. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in Sociology at York University. His graduate research focuses on Sikh activism and the inherent relationship between Sikhi and anarchism explored through historical and contemporary Sikh movements, such as the Kisān Morcha (Farmer’s Protests) of 2020-2021. 

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