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Boy wearing face paint and a big shell necklace. Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.

Boy wearing face paint and a big shell necklace. Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.

Old sadhu with walking stick attending Kumbh Mela in the city of Nasik. 75 million Hindu pilgrims attended the event, which is held once every 12 years.

Old sadhu with walking stick attending Kumbh Mela in the city of Nasik. 75 million Hindu pilgrims attended the event, which is held once every 12 years.

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 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.

Sadhu attending the Kumbh Mela festival, one of the biggest gatherings of people in the world.

Sadhu attending the Kumbh Mela festival, one of the biggest gatherings of people in the world.

Portrait of a Ramnami man who tattooed the name of his god, Ram, all over his face to show his devotion. Some Ramnami even have their whole body covered.

Portrait of a Ramnami man who tattooed the name of his god, Ram, all over his face to show his devotion. Some Ramnami even have their whole body covered.

Chai wallah at Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, which is one of the biggest flea markets in India. In the past it was called Shor Bazaar, or Noisy market. British residents accidentally mispronounced it as Chor Bazaar, or Thieves' Market. After a missing violin of Queen Victoria showed up at the Bazaar, the name stuck.

Chai wallah at Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, which is one of the biggest flea markets in India. In the past it was called Shor Bazaar, or Noisy market. British residents accidentally mispronounced it as Chor Bazaar, or Thieves' Market. After a missing violin of Queen Victoria showed up at the Bazaar, the name stuck.

Mahettar Ram (77) praying to the god Ram in his house in rural Chhattisgarh, India. He is part of a religious group called Ramnami. To show their devotion, they tattoo their bodies with the name of their god.

Mahettar Ram (77) praying to the god Ram in his house in rural Chhattisgarh, India. He is part of a religious group called Ramnami. To show their devotion, they tattoo their bodies with the name of their god.

Professional kok-boru players getting ready for a match in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In the sports, which is immensely popular in Central Asia, two teams on horseback battle to get a goat carcass into each other’s goal.

Professional kok-boru players getting ready for a match in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In the sports, which is immensely popular in Central Asia, two teams on horseback battle to get a goat carcass into each other’s goal.

Boy wearing natural camouflage in Papua New Guinea.

Boy wearing natural camouflage in Papua New Guinea.

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.

Rabari women often have many dots tattooed on their body.

Rabari women often have many dots tattooed on their body.

Rabari man wearing traditional earrings and white turban. Gujarat, India.

Rabari man wearing traditional earrings and white turban.

Rabari women wear a necklace with small medaillions engraved with feet to signal that they are the second wife of a widower.

Rabari women wear a necklace with small medaillions engraved with feet to signal that they are the second wife of a widower.

Witchdoctor Somaru stands in front of his self-build shrine which he made to honor the local village goddess. Chhattisgarh, India.

Witchdoctor Somaru stands in front of his self-build shrine which he made to honor the local village goddess. Chhattisgarh, India.

The tattooed hands of a devotee to the Hindu god Ram.

The tattooed hands of a devotee to the Hindu god Ram.