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What Is Ancestral Veneration?


Ancestral veneration is the act of showing respect and reverence to the ancestors of one's family or culture. This can involve activities such as offering prayers and sacrifices, visiting ancestral gravesites and tombs, lighting candles or incense, or making offerings of food and other items. Ancestral veneration is an important part of many cultures and can be seen as an expression of gratitude towards those who came before us, who helped to shape our lives and our culture.

What cultures are known for venerating their ancestors?

Many cultures around the world have a strong tradition of honoring their ancestors. In East Asia, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea, the veneration of ancestors is called ancestor worship and is a central part of the culture. In China, ancestor worship is traced back to the Shang Dynasty (1700-1100 BCE) and is still practiced in many homes today. In Japan, ancestor worship is known as “ukebari” and is also a key part of the culture. In Korea, ancestor worship is known as “jesa” and can be traced back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). In Latin American cultures, ancestor worship is known as “ancestor veneration” and is a widely practiced tradition. In African cultures, ancestor veneration is known as “ancestor reverence” and is still practiced in many communities today.

What does the bible say about ancestral reverance?

The Bible does not explicitly mention ancestral reverance, however, it does discuss the importance of honoring and respecting our ancestors. In the book of Exodus, God commands the Israelites to honor their father and mother (Exodus 20:12). This commandment serves as a reminder that honoring our ancestors is a fundamental part of human life. Additionally, in the book of Deuteronomy, God commands the Israelites to remember their ancestors and the stories of their lives (Deuteronomy 4:9). This serves to remind us that our ancestors’ lives were not only important to them, but are also important to remember and revere.

What religions honor their ancestors?

Many religions around the world honor their ancestors in different ways. In Chinese culture, ancestor veneration or ancestor worship is a common practice. In Japan, ancestor veneration is called "kebutsu" and is a form of Shintoism. In many African cultures, ancestor veneration is seen as a way of respecting the elders and is a way of giving thanks for their life and accomplishments. In Hinduism, ancestor worship is seen as a way of honoring one's parents and lineage. In Judaism, ancestor veneration is seen as a way of expressing gratitude to those who came before, and even in Christianity, ancestor veneration is seen in some traditions.

5 ways to honour our ancestors

  1. Visit the graves of our ancestors and bring flowers or other tokens of remembrance.

  2. Take part in traditional ceremonies and celebrations from our ancestors’ culture.

  3. Learn about the history of our ancestors and share it with others.

  4. Share stories and memories of our ancestors with our children and grandchildren.

  5. Make a donation to a cause or organization that supports the preservation of our ancestors’ culture and history.

Many of us have no names to call or a clear understanding of the roots of our personal origins. This is only a limit of the physical plain. Boarders, countires, tribes, are all man made limits. Trust that which you feel drawn too, for your roots are far and wide, the only true limitation is your perception. Trust yourself.

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