In The Godfather during the christening scene, the priest is shown breathing air (three times) on the baby, then he sprinkles what looks like pale dirt (incense?) on the baby, then annoints the baby with oil, (I guess) and then he pours water on the baby.
Okay, now I understand the water signifies baptism, I sort of understand the annointing with oil, (if that’s what it was) but what’s with the other stuff? Is he annointing the baby with air and earth? I thought the whole touching stuff to air, earth, fire, and water was something associated with witchcraft, which the church has never been too keen on.
Or was the christening scene embellished for the movie? I can’t imagine why it would be, but who knows? Anyone?