The Germanic Tribes is the most popular name for the mass of people the deported Israelites became upon migrating to Europe. Prior to Germanic Tribes, the names Cimmerians, Scythians, Celts and Galatae had been used extensively for the same people. The majority of us Europeans descend from these Germanic Tribes, even if there were earlier Israelites migrations waves into Europe. After overrunning and destroying the Roman Empire, the tribes carved out new territories in Europe. Eventually new nations were formed, which became the modern European nations we have today.
Baptism was also a pagan ritual. One could assert that in the Christian era, the pagan idea has been brought into Christianity. In Christianity, the priests were cleansed before the sacrifice, not the people, and John the Baptist fulfilled that. We have taken the power to cleanse our sins which belongs to the sacrifice – which is what Yahshua is – and we have wrongly transferred it to the priests themselves, who merely conducted the ritual! We are cleansed through Yahshua's sacrifice, and not through the rituals of the priests. There are many ancient documents revealing baptism to be a pagan ritual. Here I will show that baptism was employed by our pagan ancestors in four of our own ancient cultures, Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, and Germanic.
From The Poetic Edda translated by Lee M. Hollander, University of Texas Press:
From p. 121, from the Rígsþula, or The Lay of Ríg, stanza 7:
“Gave Edda birth to a boy child then, in clouts she swathed) the swarthy - skinned one. Thrall they called him, and cast on him water, (dark was his hair and dull his eyes).”
From The Sayings of Hár, or Hávamál, at stanza 158 we seem to have the baptism rite connected to the idea of eternal life. From The Poetic Edda, p. 39:
“That thirteenth I know if a thane’s son I shall wet with holy water: never will he fall, though the fray be hot, nor sink down, wounded by the sword.”