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Czech tourists not let off lightly after playing with holy water at Balinese temple

  • Gisela Swaragita and Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Denpasar   /   Tue, August 13, 2019   /  11:48 am
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Czech nationals Zdenek Slouka (right) and Sabina Dolezalova (left) have agreed to take part in a Hindu cleansing ritual to ask the Gods for forgiveness after they angered Balinese Hindus for ill-mannered behavior in a temple in Ubud’s Monkey Forest, Bali.(Tribun Bali/I Wayan Eri Gunarta)

The Hindu-majority people of Bali are known to be deeply attached to their religious rituals and culture. And while they are welcoming of foreign tourists visiting the “Island of the Gods”, Balinese Hindus will not easily let off the hook those who disrespect their religious sites. That is why many Balinese were angered when a video of two foreigners made the rounds in social media over the weekend showing a man sprinkling a woman’s bottom with holy water flowing from a pelinggih (altar) in a sacred Hindu temple. The man and woman in the footage were later identified as Czech nationals Zdenek Slouka and Sabina Dolezalova, and they were at Pura Beji, also known as the “Holy Bathing Temple”, which is located within the Monkey Forest in Ubud. In the footage, which was first uploaded by Dolezalova in an Instagram story on her account @sabina_d...