(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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How to use ancestor worship in a sentence
In China the patriarch of a nomad horde became emperor of a nation retaining ancestor worship as its chief religious system.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Sometimes, as in many African tribes, ancestor worship is almost the whole of practical cult.Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
Religion is mainly ancestor worship or vague spirit worship; ghosts are propitiated with food.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
Among a people still practicing ancestor-worship, an epidemic of sterility would be a disaster indeed.Operation R.S.V.P. | Henry Beam Piper
ancestor worship, finally, is the worship in cult of family or tribal ancestors.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt