Get Naked, Set Off an Earthquake!

eleanor hawkins

Mr. Anam said: “I think they’re a bunch of arrogant tourists who didn’t listen to the mountain guide.  They are too proud of themselves and selfish.  I think they should pay the price for what they did.  No matter whether that is to face some jail term or pay a fine.  They need to learn a lesson.”


Mount Kinabalu “Nudist” Eleanor Hawkins Due Home

A British woman jailed for taking her clothes off on a mountain in Malaysia has left Borneo ahead of returning to the UK later.

Eleanor Hawkins, 23, from Derbyshire, was among a group of 10 people who stripped before taking photographs at the peak of Mount Kinabalu on 30 May.

She admitted public indecency, along with three other western tourists, and was imprisoned for three days.

The move caused widespread offence in the region and was regarded as the cause of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake near the mountain, which is considered sacred.

The earthquake, on 5 June, killed 18 people, including children, and left hundreds more stranded.

Climbers are told by guides, many of whom are Kadazan Dusun, to treat the mountain with respect and to refrain from shouting, screaming or cursing at it.

It’s funny how my attitude is so different in the mornings and in the evenings.  I first read about this story in the evening and was kinda ticked off at these kids for being so stupid.  But this morning while reading about it, I found it funny.  I looked at Twitter on my phone while still in bed and was thinking about this and just started laughing.  The bed was shaking and Marci probably thinks I’m nuts or something.  In the mornings my brain is like a continuous loop of humor.  Must be the testosterone or something.

Every December the tribe conducts a ritual called the Monolob to appease the spirits and allow climbers to continue visiting the mountain
A priestess, called a Bobolian, makes an offering of seven white chickens accompanied by seven chicken eggs, betel nuts, tobacco, limestone powder, and betel plant leaves. The Bobolian leads a chant and the chickens are then slaughtered, cooked, and given to the ceremony participants

Man, this offering thing sounds exactly like my dinner last night!  <LOL>
From the Daily Mail:

The men appear to have stripped naked while most of the women posed topless.

When a guide asked them to stop, one called him ‘stupid’ and told him to ‘go to hell’ and some were said to have urinated on the mountain. 

Indigenous people say Mount Kinabalu – where the group posed for their photo – is a resting place for the spirits of the departed.

I’m not really sure who is more pagan, the tribal folks who consider this mountain sacred or the young people who thought that their highest form of expression or worship involved taking off their clothes.  I have no doubt that this was done as an act of defiance and it strikes me as a microcosmic version of Woodstock. 

These young people are really lucky they didn’t get caned and then sentenced to a few years in jail for this. 

The One True God actually does own this mountain.  Psalm 24 tells us that “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;”  The first thing Adam and Eve did after the Fall when they realized they were naked was to fashion for themselves some clothing to hide their nakedness. 

mount kinabalu

I doubt these young people will soon forget this incident.  They may have guilty consciences now over the deaths of 18 people. 

I don’t believe any of the pagan hogwash about a “sacred mountain”, but I wouldn’t intentionally try to offend people who hold certain things sacred.  I wouldn’t walk into a mosque eating a Wendy’s Baconator sandwich.

I guess the saddest thing here is the arrogance of these kids.  You don’t have to be religious in order to show some respect to your host country while visiting there.  I wouldn’t make an offering to the “gods” before scaling the mountain, but I wouldn’t get naked just to offend the locals either.  And trust me, if I did it in Hudsonville, it would offend  the locals.  <grin>

An interesting story – simultaneously funny and sad.

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