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  Ancestor worship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ancestor worship is a religious practice based on the belief that deceased family members have a continued existence, take an interest in the affairs of the world, and possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living.
The goal of ancestor worship is to ensure the ancestors' continued well-being and positive disposition towards the living and sometimes to ask for special favors or assistance.
Ancestor worship in some cultures (such as Chinese) (拜祖, pinyin: bàizǔ), also ancestor veneration (敬祖, pinyin: jìngzǔ), seeks to honor the deeds, memories, and sacrifice of the deceased.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ancestor_worship   (821 words)

  
 JewishEncyclopedia.com - ANCESTOR WORSHIP:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It is contended that the Feast of Purim is a relic of household worship.
Family Worship: Fustel de Coulanges has shown, in "La Cité Antique," that the social institutions of the Greeks and Romans were founded upon Ancestor Worship, the essence of which was to keep alive the holy fire on the household hearth on which to offer food for the departed spirits of ancestors.
Ancestor Worship and the Tribes: Graves of the ancestors of the tribes, like that of Abraham at Hebron, and that of Joseph at Shechem, are found associated with worship which probably was originally Ancestor Worship.
www.jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=1488&letter=A   (2506 words)

  
 Worship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Worship usually refers to specific acts of religious praise, honour, or devotion, typically directed to a supernatural being such as a god or goddess.
Religious worship may be performed individually, in informally organized groups, or as part of an organized service with a designated leader (as in a church, synagogue, temple, or mosque).
In its older sense in the English language of worthiness or respect, worship may sometimes refer to actions directed at members of higher social classes (such as lords or monarchs) or to particularly esteemed persons (such as a lover).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Worship   (350 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship
The basis of ancestor worship seems to stem from two principle ideas: (1) that "those who have gone before" have a continual and beneficent interest in the affairs of the living; and (2) more widespread, uneasiness, fear of the dead, with practices to placate them.
In China, the main importance of this worship is the continuity of the family and reverence for the wisdom of the elders.
In Japan this form of family worship is participated in from a sense of duty to elders and ancestors.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/a/ancestor_worship.html   (921 words)

  
 FORTES- SOME REFLECTIONS ON ANCESTOR WORSHIP IN AFRICA
Worship in rituals of prayer and sacrifice, the observance of religious prescriptions in the form of taboo and injunction, and submission to such moral norms as the incest prohibition, may all be validated by reference to what we describe as spiritual beings, be they gods or ancestors or nature deities.
Officiating in ancestor worship, as opposed to participating in group worship, is the prerogative of succession to the office or status of the class of ancestors to whom worship and offerings are given in a specific context of social structure and occasion.
Ancestors are apt to be demanding, persecutory, and interfering for one reason because parents appear thus to their children when they are exercising authority over them, but also, in the wider sense, because this is a particularly effective way of representing the sovereignty or authority and right.
lucy.ukc.ac.uk /Fdtl/Ancestors/fortes2.html   (6632 words)

  
 FORTES- SOME REFLECTIONS ON ANCESTOR WORSHIP IN AFRICA
Worship in rituals of prayer and sacrifice,the observance of religious prescriptions in the form of taboo andinjunction, and submission to such moral norms as the incest prohibition,may all be validated by reference to what we describe as spiritualbeings, be they gods or ancestors or nature deities.
Ancestor worship isa representation or extension of the authority component in the juralrelations of successive generations; it is not a duplication, in asuper natural idiom, of the total complex of affective, educative,and supportive relationships manifested in child-rearing, or in marriage,or in any other form of association, however long-lasting and intimate,between kinsmen, neighbours, or friends.
Ancestors areapt to be demanding, persecutory, and interfering for one reason becauseparents appear thus to their children when they are exercising authorityover them, but also, in the wider sense, because this is a particularlyeffective way of representing the sovereignty or authority and right.
www.afrikaworld.net /afrel/fortes2.html   (6233 words)

  
 ancestor worship - HighBeam Encyclopedia
ANCESTOR WORSHIP [ancestor worship] ritualized propitiation and invocation of dead kin.
Ancestor worship is based on the belief that the spirits of the dead continue to dwell in the natural world and have the power to influence the fortune and fate of the living.
Ancestor Worship and Identity: Ritual, Interpretation, and Social Normalization in the Malaysian Chinese Community.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-ancestor.html   (303 words)

  
 ancestor worship in VN
ancestor worship in VN Ancestor Worship in the Vietnam Context.
Worship of deceased forefathers is not to be confused with the cult of the dead.
Ancestor cult nourishes filial piety and is seen as the guarantor of family unity and continuity.
www.nghiasinh.lunarpages.com /congminh/writings/ancestor.html   (3077 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship
Ancestor Worship is reverence granted to deceased relatives who are believed to have become powerful spiritual beings or, less frequently, to have attained the status of gods.
The cult of ancestor worship is common, although not universal.
Ancestor worship is a strong indication of the value placed on the household and of the strong ties that exist between the past and the present.
mb-soft.com /believe/txw/ancest.htm   (323 words)

  
 INTR 532 Bibliographies: Ancestors
Ancestor worship is still prevalent among the three million Chinese in Thailand and serves as a form of socio-cultural identity for this minority group.
The burden of the essay is to argue for the portraiture of the Christ as the eldest son and an ancestor within the context of Vietnamese culture and religious traditions and in light of feminist liberation theology.
Ancestor worship is a very important issue among the five million Chinese who constitute 36% of the total population of Malaysia.
www.wheaton.edu /intr/Moreau/courses/532/biblio/ancestors.htm   (5369 words)

  
 Chinese Ancestor Worship - ReligionFacts.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ancestor worship (also called ancestor veneration) is a ritual practice that is based on the belief that deceased family members have a continued existence, take an interest in the affairs of the world, and possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living.
Rituals of ancestor worship most commonly consist of offerings to the deceased to provide for their welfare in the afterlife, which is envisioned as being similar to the earthly life.
Ancestor worship begins at the deceased kin's funeral, at which necessities like a toothbrush, comb, towel, shoes, water, or even a computer are placed in the coffin or burned as a sacrifice.
www.religionfacts.com /chinese_religion/rituals_practices/ancestor_worship.htm   (598 words)

  
 Ancestor worship - L5r: Legend of the Five Rings
The reverence and worship of departed ancestors is the oldest form of religion in Rokugan.
Ancestor worship is a folk religion and as such has no cetralized power structure or dogmatic organization.
The reverence of ancestors among the heimin is a preventative measure done to stave off ill effects of disgruntled spirits.
l5r.wikia.com /wiki/Ancestor_worship   (940 words)

  
 Haivenu
Ancestor worship was introduced into Vietnam by the Chinese during their long occupation of the country that began 200 years before the birth of Christ.
Ancestor worship is not only the adhesive that binds the Vietnamese together, but also one of the most difficult concepts for people from Anglo-Saxon or European origins to understand.
Whether ancestor worship will continue to be strong as the influence of scientific rationalism and social change accelerates, is an open question.
www.haivenu-vietnam.com /vietnam-religion-ancestors.htm   (887 words)

  
 Vietnam travel and holidays - Worshipping ancestors
The Vietnamese accept as a fact that their ancestors continue to live in another realm, and that it is the duty of the living to meet their needs.
For the Vietnamese, death, and the ritual and practice of ancestor worship, constitutes the transfer of power from the tangible life to the intangible.
By virtue of their worthy deeds, heroic ancestors, such as Tran Hung Dao and the Trung sisters, continue to exist and be worshipped in temples for many generations beyond the two or three of ordinary folk.
www.vietnam-holidays.co.uk /aboutvietnam/rancestor.htm   (793 words)

  
 Ancestor worship
Ancestor worship occurs in ancient cultures all over the world, and even in modern times it plays an important role in primitive religions.
These ancestors can assert their powers by blessing or cursing, and their worship is inspired by both respect and fear.
The ancestors of the tribe are honored as spirits who preserve the moral standards of tribal life.
www.pantheon.org /articles/a/ancestor_worship.html   (252 words)

  
 Untitled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Instead of attempting to explain why death occurs, the Chinese worshipped their ancestors in order for their lineage to withstand the test of time as well as to make the loss of the individual easier to bear.
Despite the fact that the ancestors were no longer physically involved in the lives of the living, the Chinese believed that the ancestors "continued to take interest in the affairs of the living" (Soothill 1923:173).
Sacrifices were also an important aspect of ancestor worship because "the ancestors had the power to aid or punish their descendants according to their pleasure" (Bary 1960:7).
www.csuchico.edu /~cheinz/syllabi/asst001/spring99/petrick/Petrick.html   (1106 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship Data - Ancestor Worship Portal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The basis of ancestor worship seems to stem from two principle ideas that those who have gone and frank Byron Kevon's deemed ancestor worship to be a first inchoate.
Ancestor worship is based on the belief that the spirits of the dead.
Ancestor worship in Kwanzaa, yet another very religious like ceremony takes place and that is the honoring of the ancestors.
www.ancestorworship-info.info /ancestor-worship.html   (1087 words)

  
 In the Middle Kingdom - Religion
Ancestor Worship is generally any variety of religious beliefs and practices concerned with the spirits of dead persons regarded as relatives, some of whom may be mythical.
However, the core of ancestor worship is the belief in the continuing existence of the dead and in a close relation between the living and the dead (who continue to influence the affairs of the living).
Either they were parents, clan leaders, or members of another family, Ancestor worship in China celebrates both the male and female and has strong ties to familial piety.
www.globaled.org /chinaproject/religion.html   (664 words)

  
 WowEssays.com - Ancestor Worship
Ancestor Worship A central feature of Chinese funerals and post-burial mortuary practices has been the transfer of food, money and goods to the deceased.
However, should the descendants neglect the spirit of ancestor by failing to make regular offerings at his grave, the ancestor would be cut adrift in the other-world and seek nourishment and attention elsewhere.
Ancestors abandoned in this way became hungry ghosts, a general term for spirits of dead people who did not have any reciprocal relationships with the living.
www.wowessays.com /dbase/af1/nyv39.shtml   (1163 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship New Dictionary of History of Ideas - Find Articles
Ancestor worship is the reverent devotion expressed by descendants for their deceased forebears through a culturally prescribed set of rituals and observances.
The prominence of ancestors as a focus of worship within a broader religious tradition is common in many parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, and Native America, but there are few unifying characteristics cross-culturally.
That ancestor worship is related to the animistic belief in a spirit or soul surviving the body after death, as proposed by early anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor (1832–1917), is reasonable, since it is this spirit essence of the ancestor that is believed to...
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_km4452/is_200510/ai_n16262468   (223 words)

  
 Pietas in Ancestor Worship
Kinship and ancestor cult are so prominent in the household and neighbourhood arrangements, the economic pursuits, and the routine of social relations among the Tallensi, that I was obliged to make myself adept in these matters from the outset of my field work.
He was struck by the parental characteristic of early Semitic divinities and connected this with the composition of the congregation of worshippers as invariably a 'circle of kin' whose greatest kinsman was the worshipped god.
It was simply that ancestor worship was too conspicuous to be missed and that the framework of genealogical bonds and divisions was an aspect of ritual to which both participants and commentators freely drew attention.
lucy.ukc.ac.uk /Fdtl/Ancestors/fortes1.html   (1772 words)

  
 Urantia Book, Paper 87: Section 3 -- Ancestor Worship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The advancing ghost cult made ancestor worship inevitable since it became the connecting link between common ghosts and the higher spirits, the evolving gods.
Ancestor worship was originally more of a fear than a worship, but such beliefs did definitely contribute to the further spread of ghost fear and worship.
As ghosts were envisioned as passing from the incomplete to the higher phase of existence, so did the cult eventually progress to the worship of spirits, and even gods.
www.theoquest.com /ubcenter/ubook/87-3.cfm   (223 words)

  
 Ancestor Reverence |
This fact is extraordinary because with every attempt made to keep the enslaved people from continuing with their African spirituals, traditions and rituals, the concept of nature, spirit, and ancestor veneration has not only survived but has evolved and been embraced by many on a global scale.
We understand that by any means necessary, our ancestors saved what they could to the best of their abilities.
But thank Olodumare, the Orisa, and the ancestors that this religion in no matter what form it is practiced has survived, obviously because we are here celebrating it.
www.honor-ur-ancestors.com /celebrateorisaworship.htm   (2659 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Ancestor Worship - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Ancestor Worship, reverence granted to deceased relatives who are believed to have become powerful spiritual beings or, less frequently, to have...
Primal religions, as well as other significant religions like Zoroastrianism and Sikhism, have their characteristic forms of worship.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Ancestor_Worship.html   (98 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship China Portal | Ancestor Worship China Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ancestor worship is a ritual practice that is based on the belief that neolithic period in china.
What is ancestor worship and why was it so important in ancient china - of chinese script, oracle bones use and ancestor worship continued king began to use title, son.
some reflections on ancestor worship in africa view that 'the worship of the dead in china is the worship.
www.chinese-calendar-source.info /ancestor-worship-china.html   (973 words)

  
 Ancestor Worship
One of the first activities of Kwanzaa is the pouring of libation (tambiko) for the ancestors.
ancestor worship is our connection to the past and our road map to a better future" p 26.
And even sadder is the mixture of the pagan ritual of ancestor worship and church services whose leadership have been duped into believing that Kwanzaa is merely a "cultural" event.
www.christocentric.com /Kwanzaa/ancestor.htm   (947 words)

  
 Ancestors
Ancestor veneration is often called "ancestor worship," a misnomer which distresses me each time I encounter it in reading or discussion.
The ancestors seem most happy when their shrine is in a room that is used often in your daily life, as they enjoy the continuity of being "part of the family." A sofa table in the living room is a better place for them than a lower bookshelf in a spare bedroom.
If you do not have a photograph of a known ancestor, you may write his or her name on a dinner placecard or on a piece of paper and put this in your shrine.
www.senytmenu.org /ancestors.htm   (2637 words)

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