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ancestor worship

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noun Anthropology.
  1. (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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Origin of ancestor worship

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for ancestor worship

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The home

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • This ancestor-worship is what gave the element of sanctity to the home.

    The home

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  • 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