Instagram pics of a woman showing off Ganesha tattoo on her thigh sparks controversy

A current wave of foreigners being referred to as out for social media posts deemed insensitive towards Balinese tradition has claimed its newest topic – this time, a lady exhibiting off her seashore physique with a tattoo of the Hindu god Ganesha inked on her thigh. 

Entrepreneur and politician Ni Luh Djelantik uploaded the girl’s image on her Instagram account along with locals who reported the image within the first place. 

Within the caption, Ni Luh wrote that Ganesha can solely be tattooed “above [the] brow” because the elephant-headed Hindu god of prosperity and knowledge is extremely revered by the Balinese individuals.

Ni Luh proceeded to name on Bali-based tattoo artists to make knowledgeable selections earlier than accepting related requests sooner or later. 

It’s unclear whether or not the girl truly had the tattoo in Bali (as per this text’s publication, her Instagram account has been eliminated). However a screenshot of her account exhibits that she had written Canggu and Ubud because the places of her magnificence companies.

Beforehand, Ni Luh was amongst those that raised issues about a lot of foreigners disrespecting Balinese tradition, such a Russian yogi posing bare on a sacred tree close to a temple and a Canadian man dancing bare on the highest of the sacred Mt. Batur. Most lately, the politician publicly criticized an Estonian pageant contestant who referred to as out the Balinese police for extorting cash from vacationers. 

A number of the feedback on Ni Luh’s put up on the tattoo, nonetheless, mentioned that the calling out this time was “too far” and “an excessive amount of” with one commenter saying that the tattoo was merely “an artwork [form]” whereas one other one mentioned that “such a factor shouldn’t hassle one’s religion.”

Coconuts have reached out to Ni Luh’s for remark. 

Contacted individually, Ivan, 33, a Hong Kong-based Indonesian who lived in Bali for a few years instructed Coconuts that he has a Ganesha tattoo on his forearm for about six years now. Ivan mentioned that he determined to make the tattoo after embarking on a religious journey to India and his Hindu associates’ reactions have been “fairly optimistic.”

“For me, I’ve no hurt intention having [the tattoo]. I delved deep into Hindu teachings so it’s not purely [for] aesthetic purpose,” he mentioned.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.