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Brian Schmidt (Israel's Beneficent Dead: Ancestor Cult and Necromancy in Ancient Israelite Religion and Tradition [Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1996], 4-13) includes ancestor veneration and feeding of the dead under the general category of mortuary cult, which he distinguishes from funerary rites, along with the distinct categories of necromancy and ancestor worship/cult of the dead.
This is not to confuse ancestor veneration with ancestor worship; for one thing, the dead here lack agency.
In the spirit of cultural rights, Chibarirwe as an African Initiated Church then sought to bring back the converts into contact with facets of their cultural life, like polygamy, use of Shona names during baptism, ancestor veneration, inheritance (kugara nhaka/chimutsamapfihwa), nhimbe, use of their own cultural artifacts like hwamanda (musical horn), dance and ululation in worship.
The two spring and autumn festivals coincide approximately with the Buddhist ancestor veneration seasons known as higan, which fall at the equinoxes.
Several bishops, for example, discussed ancestor veneration and its implications for Christianity.
The priests show some good insights into the possibilities Vatican II (1962-65) offers for religious dialogue, but they do not communicate any of these points to the laity, who still believe that their ancestor veneration, spirit possession, and initiation rites (which, according to the church's teaching, are paganism or idolatry) involve serving multiple gods.
has a sustained meditation on the question of filial piety and ancestor veneration.
clearly indicates that modern Asian and Asian American theologians must find a place for filial piety and ancestor veneration within their new theological visions.
The image of the elephant appears on some of the most important ritual objects used in ancestor veneration, masquerades, and rites of passage.
Applying charms and incantations for cures netted five merits for a slight illness, ten for a major one (but no merits at all if payment was received), while ancestor veneration brought ten merits, and burning incense for the sake of country and people, two.
For the pertinence of ancestor veneration to sacrament and worship, see Charles Nyamiti, "African Ancestral Veneration and its Relevance to the Christian Churches," African Christian Studies 9 (1993/3) 14-37.