El Negro

When we left the Lord of Muruhuay church a woman approached me with a baby in her hands.  Apparently, there is a strange custom in Acobamba.  She shoved 2 coins in my right hand, said something and walked away.  I followed her and gave the baby back.  Then another woman ran up with another baby. Before it was over, I had to hold 5 babies, say a blessing over them and accept money from the women for doing it. Some years ago, there was an African saint that visited this town in the past and blessed all of the children.  The people believe that if a black man holds their baby, it will grow up strong and healthy.  Who knew? Watch the video.







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