Outraged officials in Bali warn tourists who disrespect sacred sites will be sent home or face ‘purification rituals’ after Czech man lifts up his girlfriend’s skirt and splashes holy water on her bottom at Hindu temple
- Czech man filmed splashing holy water on girlfriend’s bottom in Ubud, Bali
- Zdenek Slouka and girlfriend Sabina Dolesalova visited Sacred Monkey Forest
- Balinese officials were outraged and called for ‘rituals’ to be made compulsory
- Couple made amends with a purification ceremony and dressing traditionally
Tourists who disrespect sacred sites in Bali will be sent home or face ‘purification rituals’, officials said yesterday.
The outrage came after a Czech couple filmed themselves at a temple in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud foolishly splashing each other with holy water.
In the now deleted video by nutritional coach Zdenek Slouka, who has 23.5k followers on Instagram, he is shown splashing water on his girlfriend’s, Sabina Dolesalova, bottom.
However the video sparked outrage with Balinese officials who called for badly-behaved tourists to be sent home if they disrespect their culture.
Zdenek Slouka (far left) and his girlfriend Sabina Dolesalova (right) seen praying ahead of the purification ritual at the Beji Temple, located in the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali
Czech couple Zdenek Slouka and his girlfriend Sabina Dolesalova wore traditional clothes as a mark of respect
Purification ritual at the Beji Temple, Ubud, where Canang sari, offerings to the Gods, are presented (far right)
Sabina Dolezalova and her boyfriend Zdenek Slouka shared posed pictures of their Indonesian trip
Mr Slouka said: ‘I’m really glad that we had the opportunity to purify this place and now I would like to say thank you to all the Balinese people because they were very kind to us’
Wayan Koster, the island’s governor told The Telegraph: ‘In the future, if there are tourists behaving like that we should just send them home, they are being disorderly.
‘We will give them this warning’, he said.
The couple attempted to make amends on Thursday by apologising for their behaviour and taking part in a purification ceremony at the Beji Temple. The pair dressed in traditional clothes and touched their hands to their heads in a mark of respect.
Mr Slouka said: ‘I’m really glad that we had the opportunity to purify this place and now I would like to say thank you to all the Balinese people because they were very kind to us.’
Senator on the regional council Arya Wedakarna said the ritual could be a compulsory gesture for holidaymakers who choose to disrespect the Indonesian island.
He said: ‘Anyone who violates our traditions must take part in a purification ritual.’