ancestor worship


noun Anthropology.

(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ancestor worship

Historical Examples of 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.

    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.


    John Holbrook Vance