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The Adi Granth and the Issue of Bhagat Baṇi

Gurinder Singh Mann

in The Making of Sikh Scripture

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195130249
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195130243.003.0007
 The Adi Granth and the Issue of Bhagat Baṇi

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The presence of the hymns (bhagat baṇi) of 15 Bhagats (either non‐Sikhs or Sikhs who are not gurus) in the Adi Granth and the community's responses to this portion of Sikh scripture is addressed. On the basis of the information available in the early manuscripts, arguments are put forward for a radically revised view of Sikh traditional beliefs about the dates of the entry of these hymns into the Sikh text; the possible reasons for their introduction; the process of selection of this corpus and its evolution; and the status of the bhagat baṇi in relation to the hymns of the Sikh gurus in the minds of the Sikh scripture compilers, and later in evolving perceptions within the Sikh community.

Keywords: Adi Granth; ancient texts; bhagat baṇi; history; religious history; Sikhism

Chapter.  11161 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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