If you ever visit this place, don’t panic on seeing strangers ‘running over’ vulnerable babies If you ever visit this place, don’t panic on seeing strangers ‘running over’ vulnerable babies
As human beings, we are instinctually protective of our young, as babies are so tender and helpless. Perhaps that is what makes this somewhat... If you ever visit this place, don’t panic on seeing strangers ‘running over’ vulnerable babies

As human beings, we are instinctually protective of our young, as babies are so tender and helpless. Perhaps that is what makes this somewhat precarious Spanish ritual involving running and jumping over babies such a redemptive and auspicious tradition.

Every year, in the town of Castrillo de Murcia in northern Spain, a special ritual is held in the streets during the Roman Catholic celebration of Corpus Christi. The “El Salto del Colacho” or “Devil’s Jump” ritual involves men dressed in red and yellow suits running down the street and jumping over babies less than 1 year old, placed on mattresses along a road, lined with people on either side.

The jumpers hold whips and oversized castanets as they leap over the helpless bundles. The ritual seems to be rooted in pagan traditions, although its exact origin is unknown.

It is believed that this rite cleanses the babies of original sin and guarantees a safe journey through life, while safeguarding against illness and evil.

In 2013, Pope Benedict asked Spanish priests to distance themselves from the pagan El Colacho ritual and to sever ties between the tradition and Catholicism, for the Church teaches that it is baptism by water that cleanses original sin.

Have a look at the video of the community joining the baby-jumping festival:

 

Obinna Onyia

  • Kesha Williams

    2017-09-18 #1 Author

    I would be very nervous,babies are precious jewels!

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  • Laquita Strong

    2017-09-18 #2 Author

    Wow that’s crazy 😱

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  • Lay

    2017-09-18 #3 Author

    This is interesting !

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  • Tenisha

    2017-09-19 #4 Author

    Hurts my heart so sad to see this happening around the world sad to see ppl have it in them to do these things

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  • Cortni

    2017-09-19 #5 Author

    Hurts bad eyes to see this occurring in my world I wish all troubles will just disappear

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  • Jessica

    2017-09-19 #6 Author

    Wow! Kind of strange

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  • DERIC

    2017-09-19 #7 Author

    This is crazy. Hurts to see this

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  • Sierra

    2017-09-19 #8 Author

    What the actual heck so sad

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  • Cece

    2017-09-20 #9 Author

    Wow that’s crazy n heart breaking

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  • Stefon tyus

    2017-09-20 #10 Author

    Wow crazy article

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  • Wilma

    2017-09-21 #11 Author

    OMG!! My heart is breaking. It makes me nervous! 😭😭

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  • Wilma

    2017-09-21 #12 Author

    OMG!! My heart is breaking. It makes me feel nervous. 😭

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  • Allison

    2017-09-21 #13 Author

    Not my child no thank you

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