INDIA: One of the most terrifying rituals performed in parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka is the baby tossing ritual.
The ritual, that takes place in December, involves the father scaling the temple stairs/walls with his baby in hand or tied behind his back. Once he reaches the top, the new-born is handed over to men standing at the top of the temple. The men swing the baby back and forth once or twice and then suddenly drop it 10-15 meters towards the ground. Another group of men wait on the ground holding blankets. As the baby falls on the blanket, it is allowed to bounce once and then immediately picked up and handed to the mother. This ritual is said to make babies stronger and healthier. Around 200 babies are tossed every year and the babies must strictly be less than 2 years old to be tossed.