For a village in India, the sight of toddlers getting dropped from a fifty-foot tower is part of a long-practiced ritual. This tradition has been observed for 500 years, as the villangers believe it makes their babies stronger.
Throwing Babies From Roof Tradition - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. same news template as others start with baby crying in the first clip without our music The sight of a toddler getting dropped from a fifty-foot tower would be mortifying to anyone. For a village in India, the sight is part of a long-practiced ritual. [:00-:03, :19-22 and if need other scene from height] http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/05/01/babies.tower/ Courtesy: CNN Claiming this makes the baby strong, villages have observed this shocking tradition for nearly 500 years. [text slide - Being Observed for 500 Years!] Of course, the falling toddlers are awaited by a sprawling bed sheet that acts as a trampoline of sorts, then are quickly passed to their mothers. [:32-:38 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYzCcxF2IzE] Courtesy: BBC As repulsive as this may seem, historically there have been worse customs. One such tradition was accurately depicted in movie 300 which involves discarding unfit newborns. [:17 onwards - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAnounv-I7s&feature=related credit 300 Warner Home Video Even today, some tribes in Amazon practice burying newborns if they are found to have any defects. [image 1 and 2 under galaxy image sets/baby dropping] In Papua New Guinea, there are tribes that inflict cuts on their young as they believe that the experiences turns them into men. [1:43 onwards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc9dGK8ketg - don't show the face as we are saying this is for young men] Courtesy: National Geographic Although the practice of baby dropping is only limited to a small area in India, it has caused controversy and there are calls by many to ban it. But some argue that every culture, no matter how small, reserves the right to perform rituals. [:13 onwards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t36If4DBGXE] Courtesy: CCTV] What do you think - should the governments outlaw such rituals? Where is the line between government control and cultural freedom? [text slide - Should Extreme Rituals Be Banned?]