Few would fathom putting their newborn child on a mattress in
the middle of a public arena, and allowing a stranger, dressed as a
“devil,” to jump over their kid. But in a village called Castrillo
de Murcia in Northern Spain, parents make a point to do just this.
It’s a ritual and a part of a religious ceremony that dates back to medieval
When a man in a bright yellow outfit runs, then performs
“El Salto del Colacho,” or Devil’s Jump, over mattress after mattress holding babies
who have been born within the past year, he’s said to save their souls. It’s
part of a pageant, which marks the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.