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Bizarre festival in Spain sees men dressed as The Devil leap over babies to rid the tots of bad spirits

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Bizarre festival in Spain sees men dressed as The Devil leap over babies to rid the tots of bad spirits

A MAN dressed as the devil leaps over babies in one of the world’s most bizarre annual festivals.

El Colacho – or baby jumping – dates back to 1620 and is said to cleanse the infants of sin and ensure a happy life free of evil spirits.

The ritual is known as El Colacho
The ritual is known as El Colacho
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The spectacle occurs in northern Spain
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The spectacle occurs in northern Spain[/caption]

The previous pope, Benedict XVI, asked Spanish priests to distance themselves from the practice but it is still hugely popular.

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