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Which Gloranthan cultures have godparents, and what do they call them?


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Just read a blog by Laura Perry over on witchesandpagans.com about godparents in Modern Minoan Paganism.  The blog reads in part:


I was in the middle of writing a child blessing ritual for the upcoming second edition of Ariadne's Thread (release date: May 15) and realized I needed a term for Modern Minoan Paganism folx to use, a word for the kind of person Christians call godparents: the close family friend who will have a special place in the life of a child as they grow up.

A number of traditions and cultures have their own term for this special person in a child's life. Some Pagans have "polytheisized" the Christian term to godsparents. Humanists use the word guideparents. Native Americans and some Asian cultures have aunties

But I didn't want to appropriate a marginalized culture's term. And the variants on "godparent" felt a little awkward, like they didn't really fit the "extended family" vibe we want for this kind of relationship in MMP. After some poking around online and in dictionaries and some helpful discussion with the folx of Ariadne's Tribe, we now have a term that we'll be using.

The word? Amia.

It's the Latin-alphabet spelling of the Greek word άμια, pronounced AH-mee-ah. In Greek tradition, the word is used for grannies, aunts, and any beloved elderly woman, relative or not.

The word has an interesting history. It was borrowed into Greek from Venetian (an Italian dialect), where it was used the same way. Ultimately, it derives from the Latin word amicus, meaning "friend."

In the same way that we consider our pantheon to be a family of deities, we also consider our extended families - blood relatives and chosen family - to be important parts of our spiritual lives. So we'll be using the term amia to refer to our dear friends (of any gender) who will play an important role in a child's life as they grow up. And we'll acknowledge them at our child blessing ceremonies so everyone knows how much we value their presence."

So, which cultures do have a godparent tradition and what do they call them?

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Esrolia very notably has the Grandmothers, often they are not the literal grandmother but the dominant elder woman within an Esrolian kinship group (House or Clan). The Esrolian entry of HeroQuest Voices gives a lot of interesting insight, and it makes sense given the Minoan and Mycenaean influence on Esrolia.

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Excellent question.  I have no idea.  But it's a good roleplaying question for characters.

My soon to be Colymar mother of twins picked Joreen (Pegasus Plateau, she befriended her and they teamed up for the final climb) and, as I recall, the male leader of the Eleven Lights whose name I've forgotten - need to verify, and maybe rethink that choice (made a while ago)

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