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A rumāl (Punjabi: ਰੁਮਾਲ) is a piece of clothing similar to a handkerchief or bandana. It is worn by Sikh men who cut their hair and other guests when they are in a Gurdwara. Covering the head is respectful in Sikhism and if a man is not wearing a turban, then a rumāl must be worn before entering the Gurdwara.
In most Gurdwaras, there is often a basket of rumāls outside for welcoming in more guests. If there are no rumāls supplied by the Gurdwara then a clean and plain handkerchief is the most suitable cloth to use.
The rumāl was used by the Thugees in India as a method of strangulation. A coin was knotted in one end of thescarf, and would be swung around the neck of the victim; who would then be strangled. In the 1970s television series Dad's Army, Corporal Jones attempts to strangle Captain Ramsey with such a rumāl in the episode "We Know Our Onions".
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