Travelling to Bali brings Hollywood star Julia Roberts to embracing the Hindu religion, possibly.
While filming the movie version of the bestseller "Eat, Pray and Love" in Ubud, Bali, and India, actress Julia Roberts fell in love with the Hindu religion, and soon after converted, now living her life according to ancient Hindu scriptures and practises. She says:
I'm definitely a practising Hindu.
For the movie she also visited Italy for filming, but evidently was left cold by Italian Catholicism, possibly not finding it exotic enough.
After her spiritual awakening in Bali and India she now "chants, prays and celebrates" at a local ashram. Her husband, Daniel Moder, and their three offspring who with one non-egregious exception had relatively normal names for the spawn of celebrities, that is: Hazel, Phinnaeus, and Henry; are not being left out of things either, all receiving instruction from a Hindu holy man in the proper way to pray; and possibly including how to eat, but probably not love. It appears as well that they have received Hindu names: Hazel is now known as Laxmi; Henry as Krishna Balram, while Phinnaeus has not seen much improvement, being lumped with Ganesh.
Not content with renaming her children Julia has also named her film production company "Red Om Films".
Golly, I've been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time I want to be just something quiet and supporting.
While international reports are attributing her conversion to Hinduism almost exclusively to her time in India, doggedly patriotic Indonesian media are emphasising the Bali connection, and so are we.