compaternity

compaternity

the spiritual relationship between godparents, or between them and the actual parents of a child.
See also: Parents
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5) Incest prohibitions in the Middle Ages were at their most draconian between the tenth and twelfth centuries, with a ban on sexual intercourse not only between consanguineous relatives to the seventh degree but also between persons linked by compaternity or spiritual affinity to the fourth degree.
It's line of analysis is centered in searching the importance that family relations had in the social structure and movility since the implementation of mechanisms such as marriage and the compaternity.
44) The custom of close (incestuous) marriages seems also to have characterized Germanic, and early Anglo-Saxon, marriage practices, (45) and concepts of incest (including consanguinity, compaternity, and affinity) marked one of the most striking differences between Germanic and Christian customs.