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Playboy model poses nude in front of sacred volcano, angers Maori tribe

A Maori tribe considers Mount Taranaki as the burial ground of their ancestors and the volcano itself is seen as an ancestor.

world Updated: May 03, 2017 17:20 IST
Kartikeya Ramanathan
The tribe considers even climbing to the peak of Mount Taranaki as inappropriate
The tribe considers even climbing to the peak of Mount Taranaki as inappropriate(via www.newzealand.com)

The search for the perfect Instagram post leads people to take more and more innovative photos. New Zealand Playboy model Jaylene Cook, known for posting racy photos on her account, must have had that in mind when she posed nude in front of Mount Taranaki, a volcano in her country.

However, her stunt has not gone down well with locals. The problem? A Maori tribe considers Mount Taranaki as the burial ground of their ancestors and the volcano itself is seen as an ancestor. Thus, they feel Cook acted “quite inappropriately” at their sacred ground.

“It’s like someone went into St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and took a nude photo,” the BBC quoted Dennis Ngawhare, a member of a local Maori, as saying. “People might say it’s just rocks and earth so how can you disrespect it?” he said.

The tribe considers even climbing to the top of the peak as inappropriate.

“We simply ask people to please be respectful. This latest case is just another really annoying example where someone obviously didn’t know how to behave here,” Ngawhare said.

Meanwhile, Cook has defended herself by saying she thought taking the picture was not offensive. At the time of filing this report, she had not taken down her post.