Ancestor Worship

Ancestor worship is based on the religious belief that the dead can provide benevolence in mysterious ways to the living people who show appreciation and make offerings to the dead. Without appropriate worship, ancestors are believed to have the authority and power to punish the living. The status of ancestor is limited to those who enjoyed longevity with offspring in a particular lineage and clan group; children, the unmarried, and the accidental dead could not reach this status. Some ancestral cults have developed into popular and ethnic religions in which particular old ancestors were deified and any worshiper can receive benevolence through making merit.

The rites for the dead can be seen anytime and anywhere, but ancestor worship was historically found in Ancient Rome and ...

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