- A Czech couple is under fire for inappropriately playing with holy water at the Beji Temple in Bali, Indonesia.
- Indonesian locals blasted the couple for their crude actions at the temple, deeming it “disgusting” and “insulting to Indonesia.”
- The couple later apologized in an Instagram video.
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A couple that recently visited Bali is under fire for inappropriately playing with holy water at a 15th century temple on the island.
Fitness influencers Sabina Dolezalova and Zdenek Slouka, of the Czech Republic, can be seen in a video near the Beji Temple in Ubud Monkey Forest. Dolezalova bends down, lifts up her skirt, and Slouka splashes water on her from the temple. She jumps and giggles.
That video was later posted by the couple on Instagram, where they have around 80,000 followers between them, according to Yahoo News. Indonesian locals blasted the couple for their crude actions at the temple, deeming it “disgusting” and “insulting to Indonesia.” Other people are demanding they be “blacklisted” from visiting Bali.
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Dr. Arya Wedakarna, a Bali senator, reposted the video on her own Instagram account, condemning the duo and accusing them of “harassing,” the temple, according to People.
The couple has since apologized, saying in an Instagram video that they were “so sorry about the video from yesterday.”
“We dishonored the holy temple and holy water in Ubud and we didn’t know it. So we are so sorry about what happened and apologize to you,” Slouka said.
“We had no idea that was some holy water or that there is a holy temple so we really didn’t want to do anything bad,” Dolezalova added. “We are so truly sorry and we hope you gonna forgive us. Now we are just finding what we can do to fix it.”
The Beji temple complex features ornately carved sandstone buildings depicting Hindu folklore. It is especially revered by the local farmers because the spirit that resides in the temple is said to look over rice paddies and irrigation.
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