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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jun 15 12:36 PM

6/15/2004: El Colacho jumps the babies



He's at it again at what is now a recurring IotD. El Colacho is supposed to be the devil - which is why he gets the stylish outfit I guess - and his jump is supposed to rid the babies of original sin. It all takes place at the El Salto Del Colacho festival in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain.

Lucky babies, their eternal fate changing as the result of a simple stunt. I think if they really are cleansed that this guy should be leaping over every baby he can possibly find, and parents should travel to him from all over to set up hurdling events and maybe even pole vaults over pyramids of screaming youngsters. But if it's just a silly festival, than it should be an IotD and we can only hope the guy clears the kids every time.



Troubleshooter  Tuesday Jun 15 01:40 PM

If you're willing to heed the little voices, why is this such a leap of logic?



jojomonkeygirl  Tuesday Jun 15 02:16 PM

at least he got new shoes since his last jump.



Bitman  Tuesday Jun 15 02:39 PM

Whaddayu mean? The kids aren't in danger, the guy's obviously way off to the side.



warch  Tuesday Jun 15 05:00 PM

It is baby jumping time again!? Ah. Lets get out a motorcycle and try it.



Slartibartfast  Tuesday Jun 15 06:09 PM

I didn't know the devil drives a racecar for NASCAR



Arliquin  Wednesday Jun 16 08:01 AM

4 at a time! Must take all day. Maybe they keep adding more. A bigger bed, better shoes, longer run up, flashier costume....



Griff  Wednesday Jun 16 09:25 AM

If we're done ridiculing what we don't understand, maybe we can dig a little deeper. We have some cultural confusion here. From what I've read the devil is supposed to be fleeing from the sight of the Eucharist, since it occurs the Sunday after Corpus Christi. Original sin is removed by Baptism in Catholicism. El Colacho is supposed to flee taking with him whatever illnessess the babies have. It is a traditional folk remedy dating from 1621.



Troubleshooter  Wednesday Jun 16 10:04 AM

A friend of mine says that, "El Salto Del Colacho" means, "the jump of the curly haired guy."

And as far as ridiculing what I don't understand, I understand it.



Griff  Wednesday Jun 16 12:29 PM

I'd say American culture's irrationality is far more dangerous to humanity than some curly haired guy maintaining an old tradition for the sake of tourism.



Guess  Wednesday Jun 16 12:33 PM

I wonder what those babies are thinking...



Troubleshooter  Wednesday Jun 16 12:44 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Griff
I'd say American culture's irrationality is far more dangerous to humanity than some curly haired guy maintaining an old tradition for the sake of tourism.
I'd be terribly surprisied if it was strictly for tourism.


SteveDallas  Wednesday Jun 16 12:53 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Guess
I wonder what those babies are thinking...
Probably nothing different than if they weren't being jumped over!


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 16 08:15 PM

Quote:
If we're done ridiculing what we don't understand, maybe we can dig a little deeper.
Certainly not, you commie pinko. What are ya, unAmerican.


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