Naked woman pressing her body up against sacred tree arrested by officials

A woman has been arrested after she allegedly posed naked on a sacred tree.

Luiza Kosykh has been arrested by authorities in Bali, Indonesia, after being accused of pressing her body against an ancient weeping paperbark.

The 700-year-old wood, in Bayan Village in the Tabanan Regency, is located on the grounds of a temple and is considered sacred by many locals.

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Tedy Riyandi, the head of Denpasar Immigration Office, has confirmed the arrest.

The alleged act has caused an uproar with locals.

Writing on Instagram on April 11, activist Ni Luh Djelantik said: "To all foreigner who disrespect our land, Bali is our home, not yours!

"For those who feel cool for rejecting Israel, wake up and see your homeland being destroyed.

"Does anyone want to donate clothes? Our breasts are sticking to the holy tree.

"And again, a foreigner poses inappropriately in our holy place. Let them understand, beloved.”

The activist pointed out this wasn’t the first time such an event had taken place.

"You know, we have to perform the Guru Piduka ceremony again after last year Mbok also reprimanded a naked foreigner who climbed the 700-year-old Holy Tree located in Pura Babakan, Adat Bayan Village, Desa Tua District, Marga, and then they were deported.”

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They then began to seemingly call people out on the online platform, adding: "Bali is our home. Not yours. Do you think you'll look cool taking naked picture on our holy trees?

"Go back to your country if you can't respect our tradition and culture!”

They then called on local individuals to act to protect local sacred sites, continuing: "Thank you for protecting the dignity of Bali and the honour of the Balinese people."

The social media accounts of Luiza Kosykh were deleted at the time of writing, but on it she had described herself as a "healer".

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Discussing the significance of the tree Djelantik added: "This tree grows behind a sacred place called Pura Babakan, which was built during the reign of King Perean, and the name Babakan is associated with the tree bark that is cut and used as medicine.

"It is believed that this giant tree existed before Pura Babakan was built.

"Until now, the locals believe that the cut bark of the tree (Babakan) has the power to heal various kinds of illnesses, making it a place to ask for medicine.”

Russian influencer Alina Fazleeva was also slated for posing on the same tree last year.

Roughly 87% of Bali is believed to subscribe to Balinese Hinduism.


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