Adding Patase: Hearing the Feminine in the Khalsa - Sikh Research Institute

Adding Patase: Hearing the Feminine in the Khalsa


What is the presentation about? 

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. 

Who is the presenter?

Santbir Singh lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. He has spoken at retreats, conferences and youth camps for more than 15 years. He is an avid student of Sikh history, focusing on Sikh inspirations for social activism, human rights and gender equality, as well as trying to reach a more critical analysis of Sikh history from a wide variety of different schools of thought and resources.

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