Eleanor Hawkins photos: the naked selfies that angered Malaysia’s mountain gods
Eleanor Hawkins, a 24-year-old Southampton University graduate from Derby, has been arrested for posing nude on a sacred Malaysian mountain. Also arersted are: 23-year-old Canadian Lindsey Peterson and his sister Danielle, 22, 23-year-old Dutch man Dylan Snel and 33-year-old Canadian Emil Kaminski.
Miss Hawkins and her pals face three months in prison for posing naked atop the 13,435-foot Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. They posted their naked photos on social media. Their guide complained. The police acted, stating:
“Around 7am, while the group were on their way back from the summit, they started to strip off their clothes – ignoring their guide. The guide warned them not to do so, but they replied: ‘Stupid man, go to hell.’ He could not stop them. They even took a group photo and a selfie. Then they dressed and returned to the backpacker lodge.”
The nudity was linked with a subsequent earthquake on Mt Kinabalu which left 18 people dead. The bad housing and poverty are not reasons why people died. It’s all about the dirty photos.
Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, the deputy first minister of neighbouring Sarawak state,tells State media:
“Some places have their own historical background and are sacred to the local community and, as such, visitors to these places should respect the place, the local traditions and cultures. If we go to a mountain, there is what I call a mountain protocol to be observed. We local people believe that there is someone, the guardians of these places, and there is a form of order of sacredness for those who go to the mountain to respect.
“To appease the mountain protector, the 10 western tourists who stripped and urinated on Mount Kinabalu should be fined 10 head of buffalo, according to local customs,” said one Tindarama Aman Sirom Simbuna in the Telegraph. “According to local beliefs, the spirit of the mountain is very angry. The tourists who angered the guardian of the mountain should pay for their mistakes by giving ‘sogit’ (a peace offering).”.
The last word is with Kaminski, who offered the measured opinion: “Jesus Christ people, it’s just a fu**ing mountain.”
Why bring Jesus into it?