THAT IS IT. I’m becoming Catholic and moving to Spain.

There is an annual baby jumping festival. Thanks to the inutterably wonderful Michael Drake for this information.

From wikipedia:

Baby jumping (El Colacho) is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in the village of Castrillo de Murcia near Burgos.[1][2][3] During the act – known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil’s jump) or simply El Colacho – men dressed as the Devil (know as the Colacho) jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street.[4][5][6] The festival has been rated as one of the most dangerous in the world.

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7 Responses to “THAT IS IT. I’m becoming Catholic and moving to Spain.”

  1. eric Says:

    Just imagine if they combined it with the running of the bulls in Pamplona …

  2. Aaron Says:

    “…a 92 year old man was killed.”

  3. Brandon Says:

    Wow; I’d never heard of that. The Spanish do seem to have a lot of fun — baby jumping, running of the bulls, Ibiza. You could do worse.

  4. Steve M. Says:

    Note (1) that there appears to be an agency or researchers who rate the dangerousness of festivals and (2) that old men leaping over infants is not the most dangerous festival.

    Photos!:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7419655.stm

    http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,26058,23759676-5014090,00.html

  5. Paul Gowder Says:

    From that second link:

    The festival also features processions, mystery plays and the whippings.

    The whippings!

  6. Michael Drake Says:

    “inutterably wonderful”

    Henceforth, that shall be my epitheton necessarium. (I may have trouble convincing the Missus to observe the proper decorum, though.)

    Anyway, the strain of Catholicism in Castrillo de Murcia is surely not as dangerous as the heinous cat juggling documented by Father Carlos. (They don’t even use mattresses.) ¡Madre de Dios!

  7. Uncommon Priors » Customs of which I approve. Says:

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