Bizarre moment man sprints through a packed church carrying a toddler before leaping onto an altar and leaving the child beneath Virgin Mary statue in Tenerife

Bizarre moment man sprints through a packed church carrying a toddler before leaping onto an altar and leaving the child beneath Virgin Mary statue in Tenerife

Bizarre moment man sprints through a packed church carrying a toddler before leaping onto an altar and leaving the child beneath Virgin Mary statue in Tenerife

  • Man in Spain ran to put a child beneath Virgin Mary statue before Mass service 
  • Incident in Tenerife occurred on July 30, prior to holy Octava del Carmen service
  • Some believe physical proximity will make the virgin protect them in future life 

By Zac Campbell

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A video has emerged of a man in Spain running through a packed church to place a toddler beneath a Virgin Mary in Tenerife. 

The unidentified man can be seen running towards the altar with a child – believed to be his son – in his arms, before placing it beneath statue. 

The bizarre incident came as hundreds of worshippers were marking the holy Octava del Carmen service in the San Agustin neighbourhood of Los Realejos, a town on the Spanish island of Tenerife, on July 30.

As the congregation watches on in horror, the footage shows the man sprinting down the aisle with the tot on his shoulders.

Wearing just shorts and a T-shirt, the man shrugs off officials trying to stop him and begins to climb the shrine to get to the statue on the altar.

The unidentified man can be seen running towards the altar with a child – believed to be his son – in his arms, before placing it beneath statue

Then, as the congregation gasps in horror, the statue starts to wobble but rights itself as the confused youngster is left standing at the Virgin Mary’s feet.

The man then jumps back to the ground as the footage ends.

He tried to leave the church but was reportedly stopped by service goers who convinced him to take the toddler back from the shrine.

The man appeared to be very distressed and crossed himself repeatedly as he walked back to the altar.

He then reportedly turned to the attendees and kneeled before asking for forgiveness.

The parishioners reportedly applauded as he left.

The baffling offering happened during an ‘Octava del Carmen’ mass, a Catholic service celebrating an event when an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have saved the town of Carmelo from drought.

Wearing just shorts and a T-shirt, the man shrugs off officials trying to stop him and begins to climb the shrine to get to the statue on the altar. Then, as the congregation gasps in horror, the statue starts to wobble but rights itself as the confused youngster is left standing at the Virgin Mary’s feet

Clarifying as to why this happens, one Reddit user commented: ‘For anyone confused as to what is happening here, there are traditions in Spain where the more fanatical worshippers send babies and children over crowds so that they will touch the virgin. The idea being that physical proximity will make the virgin protect them in future life.’

A similar tradition called El Colacho, which can be roughly translated as ‘The Devil’s Jump’, men dress as the devil in red and yellow suits.

They then jump over babies born during the previous twelve months, who lie on mattresses in the street with the idea that as they jump over the babies, the men dressed as devils absolve them of their sins. 

‘Weirdest quest in the game’, one Reddit user quipped. 

‘That is a desperate man trying to cure his devil child. Either that or movies have lied to me’, added another. 

El Colacho is said to take away any evil from the babies as he jumps over them in the medieval religious custom that takes place to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. 

The event recalls the fight between good and evil and is believed to put the babies on a path to a good life. In addition, sin is believed to be driven from the whole town in the process.

Over the centuries there have been no reports of injuries among the babies, but the festival is still considered to be one of the riskiest in the world. 

Pope Benedict XVI had asked Spanish priests to distance themselves from the event.

The exact origins of the ritual are unclear, but Spanish Catholics celebrate the festival throughout the country with colourful processions of dancers dressed as demons and angels.

Castrillo de Murcia has a population of only 500 but is well-known in Spain thanks to the festival.

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