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Sikha: Quiz


Question 1: Though traditionally all Hindus were required to wear a śikhā, today it is seen mainly among ________, 'celibate monks' and temple priests.

Question 2: The sikha or shikha (śikhā) is a Sanskrit word that refers to a long tuft, or lock of hair left on top or on the back of the shaven head of a male Orthodox ________.

Question 3: [2] Unlike most other eastern cultures (including ________) where a coming-of-age ceremony removed childhood locks of hair similar to the śikhā (e.g.
New KingdomAncient EgyptPtolemaic KingdomAlexander the Great

Question 4: The oseledets, or khokhol hairstyle of the ________, or Zaporozhians, is near identical to the śikhā.
CossacksBohdan KhmelnytskyKuban CossacksZaporozhian Cossacks

Question 5: ________ reportedly wore a scalp lock to signify his 'noble birth'.
Kievan Rus'Christianization of Kievan Rus'Sviatoslav I of KievKhazars

Question 6: It is also said that the śikhā allows ________ to easily pull one to paradise, although this belief is unsubstantiated and maybe a more islamic belief (see 'Similar hairstyles' below).

Question 7: [2] An ISKCON handbook for monks of ________.
VyasaKrishnaBhagavad GitaBalarama

Question 8: This hairstyle was popular amongst certain South Indian Brahmin sects (Dikshitar, Namboothiris), and the ruling class of Kerala (________).

Question 9: In Hindu scripture, ________ took an oath in the assembly of the Kurus after she was molested by Dussasana that she would remain with dishevelled hair until the enemies were properly revenged.

Question 10: [4] A boy with śikhā, sculpture, Notre Dame, ________.
FranceUnited KingdomItalyCanada


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