12 Facts About Ancestor worship


Ancestor worship veneration occurs in societies with every degree of social, political, and technological complexity, and it remains an important component of various religious practices in modern times.

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Ancestor worship veneration is prevalent throughout Africa, and serves as the basis of many religions.

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Ancestor worship veneration remains among many Africans, sometimes practiced alongside the later adopted religions of Christianity, and Islam in much of the continent.

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In China, ancestor veneration and ancestor worship seek to honour and recollect the actions of the deceased; they represent the ultimate homage to the dead.

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In Indonesia ancestor worship has been a tradition of some of the indigenous people.

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Ancestor worship was present in the royal court in pre-colonial Burma.

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Ancestor worship spirits figured prominently during illness or death, as they were believed to be the ones who call the soul to the underworld, guide the soul, or meet the soul upon arrival.

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Ancestor worship spirits are known as kalading among the Cordillerans; tonong among the Maguindanao and Maranao; umboh among the Sama-Bajau; ninuno among Tagalogs; and nono among Bicolanos.

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Ancestor worship spirits are usually represented by carved figures called taotao.

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Ancestor worship veneration is one of the most unifying aspects of Vietnamese culture, as practically all Vietnamese, regardless of religious affiliation have an ancestor altar in their home or business.

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Ancestor worship was a prominent feature of many historical societies.

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Ancestor worship's was a composite creature resembling three of the deadliest animals in Egypt: the crocodile, the hippopotamus and the lion.

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