The Baptes (Greek βάπτης) were priests of the Greek goddess Kotys. The word comes from the Greek verb βάπτω (baptō), meaning "to dip in water". The Baptes practised nocturnal ceremonies, which were associated with rampant obscenity and insobriety.
- βάπτης, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- βάπτω, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- Cobham Brewer, Ebenezer (1894). Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable - Revised and Updated Edition. New York: Harper & Brothers. p. 73.