IT sounds like every mother’s nightmare.
But a Spanish devil has been jumping over newborn babies in a bid to cleanse them of original sin.
Over 200 people took part in this year’s annual El Colacho festival, in Castrill de Murcia, near Burgos, which symbolises the eternal fight between good and evil.
As part of one of the country’s more unusual festivals a Spaniard dressed in yellow and red – representing the devil – takes a running leap over babies born during the previous year.
The brave babies are placed in rows on mattresses in the street.
It is believed the bizarre ritual – which dates back to 1621 – will put the infants on a path to a good life, opening their entrance to heaven.
There have never been reports of injuries to the babies.
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