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Sākhīs about the Founder
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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 episodic st…

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Singh Mann, Gurinder, “Sākhīs about the Founder”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Editor-in-Chief Knut A. Jacobsen. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2017

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