In Crete, an island of Greece, the Godfather of the baby that is being baptised is called Koumbaros, but he also has another name, a precious one that is used to show the special bond between the God Parent and the family of the child.
The God Father is called Sinteknos and the God Mother of the baby is called Sinteknisa. Sinteknos in English literally means “with child”. This phrase does not refer to pregnancy, it actually means that from now on, the mother of the baby and the Koumbaros have the child in common.
The very special moment that seals this bond between this “new” family happens at the end of the Christening, after the baby is baptised into the baptismal. The mother is not allowed to touch the baby as it is not hers, the baby belongs to the Godparent. In order to “have it back” she bows three times in front of the Sinteknos/Sinteknisa as a thank you for being responsible for her baby’s Christening.
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