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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Nor is this strange in a race whose religion includes ancestor worship, and where families trace their origin back into remote ages and a jeddak sits upon the same throne that his direct progenitors have occupied for, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of years, and rules the descendants of the same people that his forebears ruled.
Though Will obscured his thesis in Statecraft As Soulcraft with promiscuous ancestor worship, it could be found by a dogged reader: government should act as society's moral tutor.
Tet is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture, marking the arrival of Spring as the Vietnamese practice an array of customs including cooking special food, ancestor worship and giving lucky money to children and the elderly.
Many Japanese saw this as an attack on Shinto, the religion of ancestor worship. But, the religion that Yasukuni promoted was more than ancestor worship: It was the worship of the nation, in its imagined purity.
The topics include a street singer, a glimpse of tendencies, in the twilight of the gods, and some thoughts about ancestor worship. Patricia Welch (Japanese and comparative literature, Hofstra U.) contributes a new foreword.
This discourse, prompted by the state, concerns ancestor worship, which is one of those religious practices that has received state recognition as "a national religious tradition".
In Central Java, Henri Chambert-Loir explores the way in which the Sufi tradition of veneration of the tombs of saints articulates a conceptual link with older Javanese ancestor worship. Claude Guillot looks more closely at the historical politics embodied in a specific aristocratic tomb.
Most working musicians, their labor power directly threatened by the growing popularity of the new DJ culture, had little patience for the somewhat bookish view that sampling was all about ancestor worship or building an archive of vernacular hist ory.
Pretty village, panoramic views and an opportunity for ancestor worship.
Chinese ancestor worship had to be condemned, Rome insisted.
Fortes (known for his work on African ancestor worship) that regards the dead as dependent infants in need of food.
Moreover, the particular qualities of ancestor worship can explain the figurative circularity of such a non-essentialist inductive strategy of identifying forces.