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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
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • ancestor-worship has deprived the Chinese of the capacity to create, it has seriously affected Chesterton's power to criticize.

  • This ancestor-worship is what gave the element of sanctity to the home.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • In primitive Japan, as in every other primitive human society, ancestor-worship was the first form of belief.

    The Japanese Spirit Yoshisaburo Okakura
  • They come to get some points from the Americans on ancestor-worship.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • It may be said that Dr. Hahn has at least proved the adoration of the Infinite to be earlier than ancestor-worship.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • We left our superstitions and ancestor-worship back on Earth.

    Sjambak John Holbrook Vance
  • In its essential elements it is a commingling of Animism and ancestor-worship.

    The Shinto Cult Milton Spenser Terry
  • Tito had told him that it was the equivalent of ancestor-worship.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The patriarchal system became fortified by ancestor-worship, which helped to keep the family subordinate to its male head.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • The key to the Melanesian system of government is ancestor-worship.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson

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