The residents of Sudimara, living near the Yeh Gangga in Bali, were shocked on October 6, 2008, to discover a separated human foot laying on the beach.
The foot, found by a Mengwi man at 6:30 a.m. while walking the beach looking for flotsam and jetsam, was at first thought to be a plastic foot from a mannequin. Once aware that he had, in fact, found a human foot, he immediately raised the alarm with local villagers.
Police and villagers quickly rushed to scene on the popular beachside near Tanah Lot. Police were initially suspicious that the foot, largely intact, was possibly connected with a murderous mutilation and sent the body part to a local hospital in Tabanan for closer examination.
However, the Tabanan police quickly identified the foot as the "former property" of a Mengwi resident, I Wayan Brata, still very much alive although minus a foot. According to police, Brata's foot was amputated the previous Sunday at a nearby hospital due to complications arising from chronic diabetes.
Brata's family, who felt burdened by the Rp. 50,000 (US$5.40) per day fee charged by the hospital for storing the severed foot, took the appendage home, performed the required religious ceremonies and promptly tossed Brata's foot into the nearby sea.
24 hours later the foot washed ashore causing the momentary panic for local residents.
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