In the 1960s, due to increased Indian immigration and rising interest in Indian spirituality in the American counterculture, a number of non-Punjabi Americans began to enter Sikhism. Prominent in this trend was Yogi Bhajan, leader of the Sikh-related movement 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization), whose Los Angeles temple was the first to initiate non-Punjabi Americans into Sikhism.
Some non-Punjabi Sikhs practice a form of gender egalitarianism putting them at odds with traditional Sikh practices. These may include allowing women to take ceremonial roles usually filled by men, or interpreting the rahit as requiring women to wear the turban as well, rather than the scarf commonly worn by South Asian-descent Sikh women.
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