TODAY   |  April 30, 2013

Moms make babies cry in sumo wrestler’s arms

A 400-year old tradition in Japan has mothers bring their babies and give them to sumo wrestlers, so that they cry. The practice originated in the belief that crying is healthy for babies.

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>>> we all have good luck rituals. this one in japan is a little bit more than usual. take a look at a tradition investigating back 400 years. mothers bring their babies to be held by sumo wrestlers to see which infant cries the loudest and the longest. the annual event is based on the belief that a good, long cry is healthy for babies. of course the little ones aren't hurt. you might cry, too, if a giant man wearing a diaper picked you up and held you like that.

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