A steel bracelet; a wooden comb; a steel sword; cotton underwear and uncut hair. These are the five physical symbols that devout Sikhs, followers of the world’s fifth-largest organized religion, must wear.
The uncut hair must be secured firmly by a turban, a brightly-colored cloth called dastar that makes Sikhs so recognizable throughout the world. But in the religion’s birthplace, the northwest Indian state of Punjab, the practice of wearing a turban is declining.
Prabhjot Singh Lotey blames modernization and Westernization—but also discrimination and even hate crimes at home and abroad. Three years ago, the young Sikh photographer from Ludhiana embarked on a journey to document those who have chosen to keep the tradition alive. Along the way, his faith grew stronger.
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