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How did the tradition of godparents come to be?

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Alisa Liddle
I do not know the official origin of the godparent tradition. However, having married into a Mexican family that is deeply rooted in tradition I have asked many questions on this topic and have discovered different views on the topic. This has expanded my understanding of the roll a godparent can take across cultures. The similarities are that godparents or padrinos act as advisers, benefactors and friends.

Before joining this family, it was my understanding that the parents of a newborn child would ask a couple to be godparents. In this roll they would be substitute parents, providing physical and spiritual needs in the parent’s absence and the official act solidifying a couple as godparents is at the baptism. However In my husband’s family and in many Mexican families you select godparents not only at birth for religious reasons but could also select godparents in adulthood for both religious and secular events.
by Alisa Liddle
May 11th, 2010
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