Parents dunk babies in cow dung

Parents in a small village in India have been dunking their children in cow dung to increase their chances of good luck.

Parents dunk babies in cow dung

Parents in a small village in India have been dunking their children in cow dung to increase their chances of good luck.

Mothers and fathers in Madhya Pradesh have been smearing the strong-smelling animal faeces over their little ones as they believe it will allow them to live a long life free from ailments.

The tradition takes place a day after Diwali - the biggest Indian festival, also known as the festival of lights - after people around the village have collected the dung for weeks.

On the morning of the practice, the parents gather round to say a special prayer before they start dipping their children - some as young as 12 months old - in the pile of poop.

The ceremony, which has been carried out for centuries by the locals, goes on from dawn to dusk until every child in the village has been dunked in the excrement.

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