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David Frick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451287

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451287.001.0001

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Birth, Baptism, Godparenting

Birth, Baptism, Godparenting

(p.117) Chapter Six Birth, Baptism, Godparenting
Kith, Kin, and Neighbors

David Frick

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the practices and attitudes surrounding birth, baptism, and godparenting: how children were viewed, what motivated parents in choosing names and godparents for their children, the extent to which the choices served to delineate confessional identities within the city landscape, and what sorts of syncretisms arose in these practices. It finds particular evidence on the extent of the influence of Christian education in godparenting, and perhaps more profoundly the extent of the ties created by neighborhood—which sometimes included the ties of professions and social estates predominating in a particular neighborhood. Parents were interested—at least in the case of the Buchner family, the chapter’s primary subject of study—in providing their children not so much with guides in the faith as with patrons in a very local, worldly life.

Keywords:   birth, baptism, godparenting, Christian education, neighborhood ties, Buchner family

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