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Godparent Networks in the Parishes of Babino polje and Maranovići on the Island of Mljet in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

Ahmet Kalajdžić ; Dubrovački vjesnik
Marija Gjurašić orcid id ; Sveučilište u Dubrovniku, Dubrovnik, Hrvatska

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str. 187-223

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Based on data from the baptism registers of the parishes Babino Polje and Maranovići on the island of Mljet, the article examines godparenthood as a phenomenon of spiritual kinship and reflection of the development of social networks in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The research for this article was conducted with a goal to analyse the size and gender structure of births and baptisms, as well as the customs and practice regarding the choice of godparents in the small and isolated insular community. The authors have established the proportion of emergency baptisms, average age of the
child at baptism ritual, naming patterns, origin and social status of the godparents, surname sharing between godparents and godchild, their blood relationship, multiple godparenthoods, etc. The research sample included 105 children from each parish: the analysis of data for the parish of Babino Polje was conducted within the time frame 1870–1872, and for the purpose of adjustment, the sample for the Maranovići parish was expanded to the period 1870–1875. The analysis has confirmed increasing demographic birth trends of male over female children. The study has drawn attention to the practice of trial marriage and 9.05% of illegitimate births, most children being eventually legitimated. Church baptism was commonly administered within three months from birth. At baptism, the infants most frequently had two godparents ("couple model": godfather and godmother), which reflected the spirit of the Tridentine Council. In terms of origin, at least 90.14% of godparents in both parishes came from the island itself, and most of them were farmers. Since parish registers do not provide any data on the kinship ties between godparents and godchild, this aspect was analysed by using the isonymy method (the incidence of surname sharing), despite certain methodological limitations, notably in the communities inhabited by a large number of persons sharing the same name and surname. The selection of godfather/godmother from the godchild's family was very common, and probably designed against the narrowing of the marriage pool which, according to the Council, was a direct consequence of godparenthood.

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baptism, godchild, godparent, godparenthood, spiritual kinship, kinship marriages, Mljet, Babino Polje, Maranovići, 19th century

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