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an′cestor wor`ship


n.
(in certain societies) the veneration of ancestors whose spirits are frequently held to possess the power to influence the affairs of the living.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.ancestor worship - worship of ancestorsancestor worship - worship of ancestors      
worship - the activity of worshipping
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It is the religion which resulted from the sustaining faith held by the forebears of the present Africans" Over the years, some foreign scholars, investigators, missionaries and media outlets have been belittling the African traditional religion by describing it with some racially motivated terminologies such as savagism, juju, fetishism, animism, magic, paganism, heathenism and ancestral worship.
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On the other hand, the religious interpretation is regarded as a religion mainly because of the academic recognition (in late nineteenth century) of it as such and its ritual practices ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) such as ancestral worship and other ceremonial activities performed in Confucian temples, households, or elsewhere.
But the issue of who is or could be enshrined here is further complicated by local understandings of kinship and the precepts of ancestral worship.
After her marriage to my father she followed my father's belief in ancestral worship.
Hence, the term mummification should only be considered to be morbid if it occurs in a patient with a western cultural background where earthly afterlife and ancestral worship do not exist.
According to one foreign observer in the early twentieth century, "[t]he most potent agent in forming Chinese law and maintaining its permanence is ancestral worship.
Juan Mesa Diaz's and Maria Elena Vinueza's contributions detail Ocha-Ifa, popularly known as Santeria (a neo-African religious system derived from Yoruba traditions of spiritual and ancestral worship and divination), and its musical system, respectively.
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