The Baptes were priests of the Greek goddess Cottytus. The word comes from the Greek verb meaning "to wash". The Baptes practised obscene ceremonies at night; they included orgies so hedonistic that even Cottytus herself was disgusted.[1]

Template:Greek-myth-stub This article incorporates text from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by E. Cobham Brewer (1894), a publication now in the public domain.

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