Wonders will never end, they say! Indeed, I thought I had seen it all, but it turns out, more are yet to come. Welcome to today’s episode of Wonders of the World on Youth Shades TV. Let’s take a look at an unusual festival in Spain where babies are jumped over in order to cleanse their sins. I am Yakkie.
A blend of Catholic and pagan rituals meant to represent the triumph of good over evil, the festival of El Colacho dates back to the 1620s and takes place on the Sunday after the Feast of Corpus Christi. Its origins are unclear, but some historians believe it may have started as a fertility ritual.
During the festival in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia which takes place once a year, babies born during the previous year are laid on mattresses in the street while costumed men leap over them. A baptism of sorts, it is believed that the devil absorbs the sins of the babies, and affords them protection from disease and misfortune. Afterwards, the babies are sprinkled with rose petals and promptly taken away by their parents.
Traditionally, the festival only included babies from the local village, but in recent years people from around the world have traveled to northern Spain to participate. To date there have been no reports of injuries, however the practice remains a subject of debate within the Catholic Church.
This is crazy seriously. My heart would jump out of my mouth if I ever saw such sight. It’s quite distasteful, I think, but then, one man’s food is another man’s poison. What’s your thought on the yearly baby jumping festival in Spain? Can such an act truly cleanse children of sins? Kindly share your thoughts in the comments section.
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