Offending the Buddha…

A story this week on the BBC’s web pages is of our Foreign Office’s (i.e. Department of the Exterior/State Department) advice to travellers abroad. Occasionally we’ll read stories advising Britons not to travel to some of the world’s war zones, for quite obvious reasons, or rethinking their holidays in the wake of, for example, a terrorist atrocity. It’s a little more surprising to read of the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) issuing reminders on more mundane etiquette abroad, such as E-cigs being banned in Thailand.

It was in the wake of reading this story that I became aware of a British nurse, in 2014, being arrested in Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo, despite being a practicing Buddhist herself.

And, of course, there are regular stories of backpackers posing naked at religious shrines around the world, a ‘stunt’ that can often land the perpetrators in hot water!

Imagine combining a Buddha tattoo with some public nudity at a religious shrine…

…in SL all things are possible. It’s not something I’d recommend for RL. Even in SL some might take offence, for either ‘indiscretion’. No intention to offend is intended by the above photo, but even if our model had been dressed, the chances are her tattoo, alone, might offend.

While being an enthusiastic naturist in RL & SL, I always try to ensure I never offend, and that goes for SL too. It’s not to everyone’s taste, and it’s inappropriate when going shopping in SL, never mind visiting other types of sim. So, as in RL, practice good manners in SL when visiting sims. In RL, offence can get you arrested, jailed, deported. In SL it can get you banned from a sim. Enjoy your naturism in SL, but take care to display good manners to others’ feelings too.


Hot Moon

Here’s a surprise!

I’ve been alerted to a new ‘nudist’ sim in SL called Hot Moon.

Just as interesting than the fact that we have a photo-essay featuring it is the fact that it is Pookes, formerly a correspondent in this parish, that provides it. Yes, she’s back -to SL, if maybe not to SLN (just?) yet. Oh, believe me when I say I’d love to have her come back on board.

Anyway, it looks like a lovely, photogenic sim with lots of different activities, and one I’ll be personally checking out in the near future.