Three French tourists, two women and one man were convicted on Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka for desecrating a temple. The three tourists photographed themselves kissing a sacred Buddha. One woman took a picture pretending to kiss the Buddha on the lips while the man posed imitating the Buddha.

The three travelers, aged 26-35 acted in an uncivilized behavior. The island’s majority Buddhists take offense to this behavior. The Buddha is sacred and they desecrated it, according to Sri Lankans.

The three French tourists were sentenced to six months in jail but it was suspended for five years, since the photos violated the laws protecting religious feelings. They were also fined 1,500 rupees which equals $11.00. The magistrate ordered the photos be destroyed but the tourists did get their camera and passports back.

The police spokesman said, “If the photos were not destroyed, they probably would have taken them home and gloated by printing and publishing them.

After the tourists took the pictures, they brought the film to a local shop in Colombo to develop. The employee saw the pictures and was disgusted and called local authorities.

A few lessons learned here:

When traveling to foreign lands, research the culture, customs, and laws. Respect their beliefs and their land.

For the lighter side: We’re happy they’re safe at home! Now answer this who still uses 35mm film? Did you need the pictures then and there? Be thankful to live in the USA!

Do you research before you travel?

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August 23, 2012

Tourists Kiss Buddha and Get Sentenced To Six Months – Sri Lanka

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