13 Facts About Ancestral veneration


In European, Asian, Oceanian, African and Afro-diasporic cultures, the goal of ancestor Ancestral veneration is to ensure the ancestors' continued well-being and positive disposition towards the living, and sometimes to ask for special favours or assistance.

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The social or non-religious function of ancestor Ancestral veneration is to cultivate kinship values, such as filial piety, family loyalty, and continuity of the family lineage.

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Ancestor Ancestral 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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In other cultures, the purpose of ancestor Ancestral veneration is not to ask for favors but to do one's filial duty.

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David-Barrett and Carney claim that ancestor Ancestral veneration might have served a group coordination role during human evolution, and thus it was the mechanism that led to religious representation fostering group cohesion.

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

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Ancestor Ancestral 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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Some Ancestral veneration includes visiting the deceased at their graves, and making or buying offerings for the deceased in the Spring, Autumn, and Ghost Festivals.

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Chinese Filipinos, meanwhile, have the most apparent and distinct customs related to ancestor Ancestral veneration, carried over from traditional Chinese religion and most often melded with their current Catholic faith.

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Ancestor Ancestral 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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Significant distinguishing feature of Vietnamese ancestor veneration is that women have traditionally been allowed to participate and co-officiate ancestral rites, unlike in Chinese Confucian doctrine, which allows only male descendants to perform such rites.

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Ancestral veneration was a composite creature resembling three of the deadliest animals in Egypt: the crocodile, the hippopotamus and the lion.

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Many of these same religious beliefs and ancestor Ancestral veneration practices are still carried on today in the religion of Kemetic Orthodoxy.

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