Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish holiday dating back to the 1620s that take place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in Castrillo de Murcia, Sasamón, province of Burgos.

El Salto del Colacho (the devil’s jump)


Men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) in red and yellow suits jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street. 


The “devils” hold whips and oversized castanets as they jump over the unaware infants. It is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensure them safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits.

The Brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva organizes the week-long festivities which culminate on Sunday when the Colacho jumps over the babies on the mattresses placed on the procession route traversing the town.


Once they have been jumped over they are considered absolved of man’s original transgression, and are sprinkled with rose petals before being taken away by their parents.


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  1. I don’t have any Biblical basis to believe that this practice is correct. So I do not support it.

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  2. The guy in the last pic doesn’t seem like he’s going to make it.
    Spaniards have some weird traditions.
    In Portugal, once a year kids smoke cigarettes. “Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of life tied to the Christian Epiphany and the winter solstice — but nobody is sure what it symbolizes or exactly why parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children and encourage them to take part.”

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  3. Amazing! Apparently, around 2000 years ago, some Jewish bloke had to be crucified so his dad would be appeased and everyone on earth could be saved, or something.
    People believe in some really weird shit, don’t they?


  4. It is worse than we thought.

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  5. Reblogged this on tin hats and commented:
    No words

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