Russian ‘yogi’ apologizes for posing naked on sacred Balinese tree, turns herself over to police

The road between what is taken into account sacred and obscene varies tremendously between people and cultures. However if you happen to’re visiting a overseas nation, you had greatest do your analysis and determine what the native individuals imagine earlier than doing something which may cross that line, significantly if you happen to’re planning on posting a video of it on social media.

That’s a lesson a number of foreigners visiting the island of Bali have needed to be taught the arduous manner lately. After final week’s uproar over a Canadian man who carried out a unadorned haka-style dance atop sacred Mt. Batur (managing to disrespect Balinese and Maori tradition on the similar time), this week a Russian lady is in sizzling water after a video displaying her posing bare on an historic tree thought-about sacred to the Balinese went viral for all of the fallacious causes.

Learn additionally: ‘Fearless little one of God’ faces deportation over butt-naked dance on Bali’s Mount Batur: officers

The video, shared by an account with the deal with @alina_yogi, first gained notoriety after a screenshot of it was shared yesterday on Instagram by Balinese entrepreneur Niluh Djelantik, who mentioned it was shot atop a sacred 700-year-old kayu putih (weeping paperbark) tree, situated on the grounds of Babakan Temple in Tabanan regency.

She requested her followers if any of them had extra info on the girl and mentioned that customary sanctions awaited her, together with the prices of the ritual cleaning ceremonies that locals would want to carry out to sanctify the realm as soon as extra.

In an replace, she mentioned that native authorities had been knowledgeable and that immigration officers have been investigating the girl’s whereabouts. 

The Tabanan Police confirmed to native media yesterday that they have been investigating the incident. Nonetheless, the police spokesperson speculated that the video was shot a number of years in the past, as there was now safety across the perimeter of the temple that monitored the tree all through the day.

In a follow-up submit, Niluh Djelantik put collectively a video compilation juxtaposing the nude tree-poser’s video with that of the Canadian bare mountain dancer and one other that includes what seems to be a foreigner masturbating under a Balinese waterfall. Atop the movies she added the textual content “Bali don’t want trashy vacationers like this”.

In her caption, Niluh Djelantik added to that sentiment, writing:


You known as your self a yogi, healer, motivational speaker or no matter. It make you suppose you are able to do no matter you need.

Nicely, you meet the fallacious particular person. I gained’t allow you to destroy our dwelling land together with your low class angle.

We don’t have any drawback with you. You might be welcome to have a superb time and revel in our island. However if you happen to not respect us. Deportation and penalties are ready.

As individuals of custom, now we have huge accountability and cleansing ceremony to be finished when our holy place is being handled with no respect by you. Have you learnt what it means? The place is your empathy? Use your mind subsequent time to seek out and be taught in regards to the nation you’re visiting.

Apparently, phrase bought again to Alina that her bare photoshoot had prompted nice offense. She clearly deleted the unique video from her accounts however on her Instagram, however late within the day yesterday, she posted this image and video of herself praying and asking for forgiveness in entrance of the tree.

Within the caption, she wrote an apology in Indonesian that reads: I apologize to all Balinese and Indonesian individuals, I remorse my actions. I’m so embarrassed, I didn’t imply to offend you in any manner, I had completely no data of this place. I simply prayed beneath a tree and went straight to the police station to elucidate this incident and apologize.

She additionally despatched the identical apology to Niluh Djelantik, who shared it on Instagram alongside together with her response wherein she thanked Alina and mentioned we settle for your apology, however famous that the investigation by Immigration and police officers would proceed and that she would nonetheless be accountable for overlaying the prices of the cleaning ceremony wanted to sanctify the realm as soon as extra. 

Tabanan Police Chief Ranefli Dian Candra confirmed to iNews that the girl within the video, a Russian nationwide named Alina, had certainly turned herself in at a police station yesterday. He didn’t say what potential authorized penalties she may face however mentioned the Bali Police Directorate would proceed to course of the case.

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