India – Ramnami
In rural Chhattisgarh, India, lives a group of people that call themselves the Ramnami. Since they belong to India's lowest caste, they were refused access to temple. Being devoted followers of the Hindu God Ram, they tried to find a different way to express their believes. The Ramnami started tattooing the name of their God all over their bodies.
The mukut is the traditional hat used by the Ramnami, devoted followers of the Hindu god Ram. It is made of peacock feathers and a piece of cloth decorated with the name Ram.
Banwali Ram, a member of the religious Ramnami sect, waiting for a 9-day local festival to start in honor of the Hindu god Ram.
The tattooed hands of a devotee to the Hindu god Ram.
The makut, a peacock feather hat, is one of the most precious possessions of the Ramnami. Just like their body tattoos, the hat and alfi ramram, a big scarf, are covered with the name of their god Ram.
The wife of a Ramnami man. Even though she is not heavily tattoed like her husband, the God Ram plays a big part in her daily life.
Portrait of a Ramnami man, who has tattooed the name of his God Ram all over his body to show his devotion. It took 18 days of over 8 hours each day to get his tattoo.