- (in certain societies) the veneration of ancestors whose spirits are frequently held to possess the power to influence the affairs of the living.
Origin of ancestor worship
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for ancestor worship
In its essential elements it is a commingling of Animism and ancestor-worship.The Shinto Cult
Milton Spenser Terry
One of the earliest steps in human development was ancestor-worship.
This ancestor-worship is what gave the element of sanctity to the home.
They come to get some points from the Americans on ancestor-worship.The Librarian at Play
Edmund Lester Pearson
We left our superstitions and ancestor-worship back on Earth.Sjambak
John Holbrook Vance