In the state of Chhattisgarh, that was earlier part of the state Madhya Pradesh, to protest against the caste oppression, a man got himself tattooed the name ‘Ram Ram’ all over his body. This was 1890. Since then, the community grew to become Ramnamis.
Now, with the changing lifestyles, their current generations do not like to tattoo their entire body. But a part of their body still adores the words “Ram Ram”.
Ramnamis say, “why should we go to a temple when we have God’s name all over our bodies?” They do not follow the typical Hindu cremation ritual of fire pyre. Instead, they bury the corpse. They consider burning the body that was dedicated to the name of God as disrespectful to the almighty.