Romani culture


Godparenthood is a relation found in Romani communities of Christian faith. It is best described in terms of kinship system rather than in religious terms. The choice of godparents is determined by various factors and differs from one Romani community to another. Beside the ritual act of baptism, godparents are expected to act as sponsors of the godchild and his or her nuclear family throughout the godchild’s life. The institution of kirvipen or kirvimos ‘godparenthood’ is widespread.

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