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Why do people wear turbans?

99% of the people you will see wearing turbans in the U.S, Canada, and UK will be Sikhs, a religious group that originated in India during the 15th century. Sikhs wear turbans because they believe that god gave you hair during your birth, so you should not alter god's gifts in anyway. Therefore they do not cut their hair, although it is very common to see a Sikh wear a turban; yet have a trimmed beard, honestly because it is becoming "fashion", rather than religion. Sikhs' turbans are pointy at the tip of the head; can be circular. Minors usually wear their hair in a bun and type turbans on their heads that enclose their bunned hair. Western Media has blinded Americans in the propaganda, that people with turbans are Arabs or Muslims. When in fact, most, if not all, will be from India belonging to the Sikh or Hindu religion. To see the many variety of Sikh Turbans, and to learn more about the religion please visit the relevant link below.
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Turbans can have many different meanings depending upon region/nationality.

Kurdish turbans, for instance, are worn to signify the wearer's clan or locality. Afghan turbans are part of the national dress, vary in style (according to personal style and/or region), and traditionally serve the practical purpose of keeping the wearer's head warm. In India, different types of turban are worn depending upon region and religion, and are a symbol of respect - often offered to guests as a mark of honour - and also form part of traditional formal dress.

Under Islam, a turban is a tradition, possibly worn in emulation of Mohammed. Different styles and colours identify sect, region, or culture.

Being historical warriors, Sikhs wear turbans (and other attire) to identify themselves as such. The wearing of turbans for all Sikhs was mandated by the tenth guru of the Sikhs, but all Sikh gurus wore turbans prior to this. As Sikhs do not cut their hair (out of respect for God), the turban serves to protect the hair and keep it clean- they also wear a turban at all times as they believe God is everywhere, while some other religions advocate the wearing of a head covering only at a time of worship.

Rastafari turbans are worn to keep their dreadlocks clean.

In western culture, while turbans are not particularly popular in modern times, they are still worn by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians (though Christians in general, despite biblical references to turbans, do not tend to wear them) and Ethiopian Muslims. Many West Indian women also traditionally wear a form of turban.

At one time or another, it was not unheard of for other Western men and women to wear turbans fashionably. Alexander Pope (an 18th century English Poet) was often depicted wearing one.

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