DENPASAR: A Canadian actor and self-proclaimed wellness guru is facing deportation from Indonesia’s Bali island after a video of him dancing naked at a sacred mountain went viral.
Jeffrey Craigen posted a video of himself doing a haka – a ceremonial dance in New Zealand’s Maori culture – while nude on top of Mount Batur, a volcano considered holy by many Balinese.
He was detained and questioned on Monday (Apr 25) following a deluge of complaints from social media users accusing him of disrespecting Balinese religious values.
Craigen is currently awaiting deportation – but authorities say that airlines are reluctant to help because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Airlines have not agreed (to transport him),” the head of the Denpasar immigration office Tedy Riyandi told AFP on Tuesday.
He will be put on a blacklist preventing him from entering Bali for the foreseeable future, officials said.
Craigen has been in Indonesia since late 2019 as a tourist and to study alternative treatments for osteoporosis, the head of Bali’s immigration office Jamaruli Manihuruk said.
He has claimed that he did not know the mountain was a holy site.
“To all foreigners who visit Bali, please act accordingly by respecting our law and Balinese cultural values,” Manihuruk said.
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