Bali hotspot from ‘Eat, Pray Love’ is now a COVID-19 crematorium


Eat, pray, burn.

A village in Bali that became a tourist hotspot after it was featured in the hit memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” is now a massive COVID-19 crematorium, according to a report.

Bebalang Village — where author Elizabeth Gilbert stopped during her soul-searching journey — has been flooded by the bodies of people who died from the virus amid a spike in infections, according to ABC Australia.

One of the island’s few crematoriums, the Sagraha Mandra Kantha Santhi center, is located in the quaint tropical town, where workers are struggling to keep up with the area’s death toll, according to the outlet.

“Lately we have about eight to 10 bodies a day, but one time we had 18 bodies,” said the head of the crematorium, I. Nyoman Karsana. The number of bodies burned per day recently spiked from one to 18, he said.

At the Sagraha Mandra Kantha Santhi center, a Hindu priest says a final prayer for the dead while wearing coronavirus-safe protective gear.

Bali, which has one of the fastest-rising coronavirus death tolls in Indonesia, may have exposed itself to dangers when officials reopened the island to domestic tourism this summer.

Coronavirus deaths have spiked by five-fold since July 31 on the island — and infection rates have more than doubled, according to the report.

Bebalang village was put on the map as a spiritual destination in 2010 when the 2006 book was turned into “Eat, Pray, Love” the movie, starring Julia Roberts.



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