The forest-dwellers baptize their children

The forest-dwellers baptize their children
The forest-dwellers baptize their children

The devoted preaching of the Roman Catholic priests has already converted a large number of the forest-dwellers to become Christians. The reason for the apparent delay is nevertheless often the fact that they live very far from Christian churches: the journey is often two hundred Italian miles or even more. Due to that interminable distance, they are able to go to church only rarely. They visit the baptistery only once or twice a year. At these times, they bring suckling infants to be baptized who travel in bound boxes or cartons like the other goods, especially precious gifts of furs, which are given to the priest in place of tithes. [read more: Description of the Northern Peoples, p. 219]