June 13, 2014

Meet the Colachos, men who jump over babies during Feast of Corpus Christi

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During El Colacho, usually celebrated during Corpus Christi, men clad in yellow jump over infants to rid them of original sin.

RNS photo by Gil Shefler

During El Colacho, usually celebrated during Corpus Christi, men clad in yellow jump over infants to rid them of original sin.

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CASTRILLO DE MURCIA, Spain (RNS) The sight of a grown man dressed as a fiend leaping over the helpless babies might strike panic in the heart of some parents. But locals say the only injuries are to the hamstrings of the jumpers.

  • Larry

    It certainly better than the baby juggling they used to do!

  • Lolo

    Ancient local non-christian festivals catholicised in the middle ages to hide the same ancient customs under the noses of Ferdinand, Isabella and Torquemada.

  • Some traditions might seem too obscure to those of us outside the culture that practices them. But here, I can see so many elements of trust: Parents trying to tell their children that nothing bad will happen to them–the bad things will leap over them without touching them; people getting together to celebrate something that is theirs alone; and using the old to preserve the new.

    I love reading about things like this, Ms. Gil.

    Thanks for sharing.

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