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10 years ago  ::  Apr 16, 2008 - 12:14PM #1
Truth27
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Hi,

I don't quite understand the over emphasis on ancestor veneration within West African originated religions.  Particularlly among the Bantu tribes that migrated from West Africa ~2,000 years ago, this practice virtually makes up the entire religious system.  It's almost like an obsession.  Can one, in this context, ultimately think of God (or the gods) as an ancestor?

Peace.
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9 years ago  ::  Aug 16, 2008 - 4:01PM #2
Starcomet
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Well some people within the African culture and Asian cuture believe that when one of their ancestors die they can become gods. But not all believe this.
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8 years ago  ::  Jan 01, 2010 - 1:28PM #3
Bairre
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Apr 16, 2008 -- 12:14PM, Truth27 wrote:

Hi, I don't quite understand the over emphasis on ancestor veneration within West African originated religions. Particularlly among the Bantu tribes that migrated from West Africa ~2,000 years ago, this practice virtually makes up the entire religious system. It's almost like an obsession. Can one, in this context, ultimately think of God (or the gods) as an ancestor? Peace.




This was also common among pre-Christian European religions as well.  The Celtic and Germanic tribes venerated their ancestors.  It wasn't uncommon to think of the Gods as related as they often had children with mortals, thus spawning demi-Gods who would presumably carry on lineage.  Many of the hierarchs and heros of the European Heathen Traditions traced their lineage to Gods, Goddesses, and demi-Gods. 


Judaism maintained ancestor veneration with the Patriarchs, but it was lost with the evolution into Christianity and Islam.  As Christianity is the primary religion of Europe and along with Islam the primary religions of Africa it isn't suprising that this is seen as weird by people raised in a Abrahamic worldview.  Though to traditional peoples throughout the world it is completely natural.

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