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In TOS Space Seed, Lt. Marla McGivers identifies Khan Noonien Singh as a Sikh.

(Looking at Khan) From the northern India area, I'd guess. Probably a Sikh. They were the most fantastic warriors.

Lt. McGivers' assessment is supported with Khan's last name being Singh, which is strongly associated with ethnic Sikhs and at one point was mandated for all baptized men.

Sikhs are also traditionally followers of Sikhism, a religion in which one of its tenets is Kesh, the practice of growing out one's beard naturally. Guru Gobind Singh Ji explained this reason, noting in particular facial hair.

My Sikh shall not use the razor. For him the use of razor or shaving the chin shall be as sinful as incest. For the Khalsa such a symbol is prescribed so that his Sikhs can be classified as pure.

Does the fact that Khan is clean-shaven, in violation of Kesh, indicate that he is not a follower of Sikhism despite being an ethnic Sikh?

Khan Noonien Singh

I'm open to answers from any level of canon.

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    A character expresses an opinion that he could be a Sikh is not the same as a definitive statement he is. So the obvious conclusion is that he's not a Sikh and therefore not violating Kesh. – StephenG Apr 10 '18 at 3:22
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    @StephenG I've changed my question to ask if he's a follower of Sikhism, as opposed to an ethnic Sikh. – Thunderforge Apr 10 '18 at 3:23
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    shall be as sinful as incest. - Possible squickiness: TOS-era they were created by selective breeding, not genetic manipulation (that was a later retcon). Perhaps they crossed that boundary and it no longer mattered? – Izkata Apr 10 '18 at 3:47
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    In the scene aboard the Botany Bay when Khan is being woken from suspended animation, McGivers says: MARLA: From the northern India area, I'd guess. Probably a Sikh. They were the most fantastic warriors. Later in the sickbay Khan says his name is Khan. Khan is not identified until later, after the dinner: KIRK: Name, Khan, as we know him today. (Spock changes the picture) Name, Khan Noonien Singh. Marla's assessment was not based on knowledge of his name. Singh is a popular name among non Sikhs as well. – M. A. Golding Apr 10 '18 at 5:05
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    @Valorum What does God need with a starship? – Thunderforge Apr 10 '18 at 15:59

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