IN PICTURES: Spain’s baby jumping festival

It may seem like a health and safety inspector’s nightmare but mothers in the village of Castrillo de Murcia (near Burgos) have been allowing grown men to jump over their new-borns for nearly 400 years. Part of the local Corpus Christi celebrations, El Colacho (meaning ‘the devil’) sees the village men dress up in unorthodox devil costumes before leaping over mattresses with four oblivious babies lying on them. The bizarre idea behind the celebration is that the babies, all born within the last 12 months, are cleansed of original sin.

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