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May 11, 2009

A real act of faith

Danilo sends a link to this article about a strange ritual in India. "At least, no babies were harmed in the video. So far," he writes.

Babies Dropped in Sacred Ritual
Babies Cast Off Roof of Temple in India, in the Name of God

In the Indian Province of Maharashtra, the centuries-old ritual of dropping babies from a roof to ensure their longevity and health, is still being practiced.

A mother's worst nightmare, watching as her newborn baby is dropped from the roof of a building, its fall only to be broken by a white cotton sheet held by a slew of strangers. [...]

The centuries-old ritual takes place at a Muslim temple in the Musti village of Maharashtra, practiced by both Muslims and Hindus alike. If parents wish to have their baby "blessed" they must pray at the Baba Sheikh Umar Saheb Dargah temple, thanking God for the gift he has bestwoed upon them--- a healthy baby. The baby is then flung off the roof of the 50-foot temple.

Here's some CNN footage of this event.

Hat tip: Danilo

Posted by joke du jour at May 11, 2009 05:39 PM

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