India – Ramnami

The Ramnamis are followers of the Hindu god Ram. Being at the bottom of India's caste system, they were refused access to temples. To show their devotion in a different way, they started tattooing the name of Lord Ram all over their faces and bodies.
The Ramnamis are followers of the Hindu god Ram. Being at the bottom of India's caste system, they were refused access to temples. To show their devotion in a different way, they started tattooing the name of Lord Ram all over their faces and 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.
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.
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 tattooed hands of a devotee to the Hindu god Ram.
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