ancestor worship

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an′cestor wor`ship

(in certain societies) the veneration of ancestors whose spirits are frequently held to possess the power to influence the affairs of the living.
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Noun1.ancestor worship - worship of ancestorsancestor worship - worship of ancestors      
worship - the activity of worshipping
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The ceremony of ancestor-worship had been more than usually oppressive to her.
He privileged intellect over blind repetition and copying, rational interpretation of sacred texts over mere narration, ijtihad (innovation) over blind following and conducted his own jihad against the relentless ancestor-worship that plagued many Muslim thinkers of his time.
It is also performed in the houses as ancestor-worship with elaborate rites and rituals.