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Mai Bhago. “The Sikh Joan of Arc”. Important Background Information. Sikhism is monotheistic Birth and rebirth before human form Goal is to merge with God Sex and race is irrelevant. Who is Mai Bhago?. Born in village of Jhabal. Raised in a family of devoted Sikhs.

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Mai bhago

Mai Bhago

“The Sikh Joan of Arc”


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Important Background Information

  • Sikhism is monotheistic

  • Birth and rebirth before human form

  • Goal is to merge with God

  • Sex and race is irrelevant


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Who is Mai Bhago?

  • Born in village of Jhabal

  • Raised in a family of devoted Sikhs

  • Had great admiration for Guru

  • Described as incredibly courageous


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Impact on Sikhism

  • Reign of Mughal Dynasty

  • Sikhs either renounce faith or leave

  • Cut off food and water supplies

  • Many Sikhs died of starvation

  • Muslims swore to give Sikhs safe passage

  • Sikhs were attacked


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Impact on Sikhism Cont.

  • Battle of Mukstar (1705)

  • 40 men abandoned battle

  • Mai Bhago found and chastised men

  • Encouraged them to return to battle

  • Led them back into battle herself

  • Fought in the battle and was wounded


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Impact on Sikhism Cont.

  • Vowed to suffer death for Guru

  • Took out many Muslim soldiers herself

  • 40 deserters laid down their lives

  • Mughal soldiers were forced to retreat

  • Bhago recovered from wounds

  • Became Guru’s bodyguard until his death

  • Her house converted into a holy site


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Why did I choose her?

  • Female warrior

  • Courageous attitude made her successful

  • Not submissive

  • Speaks her mind

  • Makes no apologies for who she is



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Works Cited

Khalsa, Sukhmandir. "Warrior Princess Mai Bhago (Bhag Kaur)." Sikhism. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013.

"Mai Bhago." Gateway to Sikhism. All About Sikhs, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013.

"Sikh History: Mai Bhago Ji." Sikh Channel RSS. N.p., n.d.Web. 02 Dec. 2013.

"Sikhism Religion of the Sikh People." Sikhism Religion of the Sikh People. Sikhs.org, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.

"WISE - Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality." Mai Bhago. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013.


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