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CASTRILLO DE MURCIA, Spain (RNS) The sight of a grown man dressed as a fiend leaping over the helpless babies might strike panic in the heart of some parents. But locals say the only injuries are to the hamstrings of the jumpers.


  1. Ancient local non-christian festivals catholicised in the middle ages to hide the same ancient customs under the noses of Ferdinand, Isabella and Torquemada.

  2. Some traditions might seem too obscure to those of us outside the culture that practices them. But here, I can see so many elements of trust: Parents trying to tell their children that nothing bad will happen to them–the bad things will leap over them without touching them; people getting together to celebrate something that is theirs alone; and using the old to preserve the new.

    I love reading about things like this, Ms. Gil.

    Thanks for sharing.