Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online

Get access

Sākhīs about the Founder
(5,982 words)

The term janamsākhī (life story) is traditionally used for a set of narratives that include a sequence of chronologically recorded anecdotes about the life and activities of Bābā Nānak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh panth (community). Selections from his poetic compositions make up a large part of these texts and serve as the thread along which the short anecdotes in prose are neatly arranged. A shared subject, namely the life of Bābā Nānak, a loose epis…

Cite this page
Gurinder Singh Mann, “Sākhīs about the Founder”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Gurinder Mann Singh, Kristina Myrvold, Eleanor Nesbitt. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20171031

▲   Back to top   ▲