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San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures hosting exhibit on Sikhs

The Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) in University of Texas at San Antonio will host an exhibit “Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab” from February 21 to January three next.

Developed by Smithsonian Institution and sponsored by the Sikh Heritage Foundation, it “features a collection of traditional Sikh art, information on the culture’s history and beliefs, artifacts such as ceremonial weapons and armor, and a model of the Golden Temple”. March 21 will be “Sikh Family Day”, offering hands-on opportunities to learn about the Sikhs and their traditions.

Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, commended ITC for sharing the rich Sikh heritage with the rest of the world through this Sikhism focused exhibition. Sikhs had made remarkable contributions to the world, nation and society and these needed to be highlighted, Zed added.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that world needed to have a broader and more inclusive outlook about religion and urged major museums/art-galleries of the world to organize more such exhibitions.

The ITC in downtown San Antonio “gives voice to the experiences of people from across the globe who call Texas home” and Angelica Docog is its Executive Director. ITC is a component of The University of Texas at San Antonio whose “Core Values” include “dialogue” and “inclusiveness”. Ricardo Romo is the President.

Sikhism is fifth largest religion in the world and Sikhs believe in one immortal Being; Ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; the Guru Granth Sahib; the utterances and teachings of the ten Gurus; and baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru. Personal contact with Sikhs usually impresses the outsider with energetic hospitality.

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