The Australian Jesus: Bearded, barefoot Perth backpacker in Kenya is forced to deny he’s the MESSIAH – after being mobbed by fans for selfies
- Daniel Christos, from Perth, Australia, got to Kenya around two weeks ago
- Bearded man travels the world barefoot, wearing flowing, colourful robes
- Christos was mobbed in the streets of Nairobi because he ‘looks like Jesus’
- He has since been forced to deny he is the Son of God on Facebook profile
- ‘I am not Jesus! I have never pretended to be,’ he wrote to 6,000 followers
A bearded Australian backpacker in Kenya has been forced to deny that he is Jesus after he was mobbed by fans who wanted selfies, convinced that he is the messiah.
Dressed in long flowing robes and walking barefoot with a staff, pictures long-haired Daniel Christos went viral as people screamed ‘Jesus, welcome back Jesus’ at him after he arrived in Nairobi a fortnight ago.
‘I am not Jesus! I have never pretended to be,’ the former software engineer from Perth announced on Facebook.
A bearded Australian backpacker in Kenya has been forced to deny that he is Jesus after he was mobbed by fans who wanted selfies, convinced that he is the messiah
The messiah…? Bearded backpacker Daniel Christos from Australia is mobbed on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, by locals who think he looks just like Jesus Christ
The chosen one: Dressed in long robes and walking barefooted in Africa has led many to speculate that Daniel, pictured here walking in Ethiopia, is the reincarnation of the messiah
Pictures of the computer science graduate are being posted with the hashtag #JesusinNairobi for followers to keep track of his movements.
‘Every single corner I walk on in Nairobi I have noticed someone either taking a photo or video… while hundreds of times a day I hear people calling out “Jesus”.’
In a television interview with channel NTV, Daniel described the attention he received as ‘intense’ and provided a detailed family history to distance himself from any links to the Virgin Mary.
He explained how he had come to full time travelling around the world, free of material possessions after deciding that a traditional ‘life wasn’t for me’.
‘I was getting grey hairs, and stressed and tired and hardly sleeping… I started travelling and never stopped, a much nicer way for me to live my life,’ he explained.
Mr Christos admitted he understands why his looks and style of dress attracted comparisons with Jesus.
The resurrection? In an interview on Kenyan TV, computer science graduate Daniel said he travelled around the world free of possessions after deciding traditional ‘life wasn’t for me’
‘I am Daniel, I’m not Jesus Christ’: The former software engineer from Perth said his picture had gone viral, but he added: ‘I am not Jesus! I never pretended to be.’
‘But nobody really knows what Jesus looked like, we just have this picture that people put up in the church.
‘To be honest I am natural, I walk barefoot and that’s the only link I have with him,’ he went on.
‘I have got a beard, I walk barefoot and I’m happy and people see that and relate it to the picture in the church.
‘It doesn’t really bother me so much. It’s been happening a long time now.’
Born again: Daniel, Daniel on a rickshaw in Shashemene, Ethiopia, took to Facebook after a social media user said he should be crucified to see if he was capable of rising again
Viral: Daniel even began trending on Twitter, with anyone who came across him using the hashtag #JesusinNairobi to keep track of his movements. Pictured: Daniel in Ethiopia
Daniel was even pictured having his feet washed. He said he understands the comparisons that have been made with Jesus, but added: ‘Nobody really knows what Jesus looked like, we just have this picture that people put up in the church.’
And while the vast majority of the responses have been ‘very friendly’, one picture of the long haired computer scientist on social media walking through a busy downtown street suggested he should be crucified to see if he was capable of rising again.
The idea made him ‘rather uncomfortable’ Daniel told his Facebook friends, adding that he hoped the real Jesus would be treated ‘with a little more respect’ if he ever landed in Kenya.
‘Kenyan people in general have been very friendly and loving. Until I find this photo of me circulating online. I feel a little concerned by this person’s comments.
‘I don’t know who wrote it and I don’t know if it was just a joke or if they were serous, but it has made me a little uncomfortable to walk in the streets of Nairobi.’