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Ancestor cult in Egypt

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The mummification of men and animals in Egypt was part of the belief that the body had to be kept in order to resurrect in an after life. It was part of the ancestor cult.

Vooroudercultus in Egypte.

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Madagascar – Feast of life and death

Madagascar – Feast of life and death | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

  In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of 18 ethnic groups that share language and culture. They live in a arid land, where agricu...

Ancestor cult in Madagascar.

Vooroudercultus in Madagascar. 

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Ancestor Cult is the base of a new church in Swaziland

De vooroudercultus is de basis van een nieuwe kerk in Swaziland

 

, One of the ancestors’ church leaders from South Africa Monki Mbolomete-Lodi during an interview yesterday. MALKERNS - A new church, which does not believe in the existence of Jesus Christ, but in ancestors, has been formed in Swaziland.

The cult, which originates from South Africa, held its first gathering on Sunday at Princess Pholile Hall in Malkerns. More than 500 members of the cult, from various parts of South Africa and Swaziland, yesterday gathered to officially launch it in this country. The leaders claim they have over 40 branches in South Africa. During worship, when they pray, members do not close their eyes. They worship and praise King Dashe, who they said is the founder of the cult. When they pray, they also call out the name of King Dashe, whom they say is superior to other gods.

The cult is known as the Church of the Ancestors (Isonto lamadlozi).

One of the cult leaders, Monki Mbolemete–Lodi from Transvaal in South Africa, said they do not believe in the existence of Jesus Christ, but in ancestors who are their forefathers. "How do you believe something that you cannot see with your eyes or through a microscope?" he asked. He said they conduct their services on Sundays, not because they honour what is said in the Bible about this day, but because it is the only day most people are not at work.

He said, during their services, they emphasise the importance of the ancestors to congregants. He said the creator of everything that exists on earth was King Dashe and that during their worship they do not use the Bible or anything similar because they believe that a human being is born with knowledge.

"This church is very old, it was established in the 1950s, and it’s mandate is to emphasise the importance of the role played by the ancestors in our daily lives," Mbolemete–Lodi said.

He said they have members in Swaziland but they now want to have a fully fledged church where they can conduct their services. One of the local members, Siphiwe Maseko, said they acquired a place in Pigg’s Peak where they would construct their own building for worship. She said, for now, local members have to travel to Likazi every Sunday for their worship services.

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An Aperitif to Belief's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:51 AM

This article sums up the faith or belief in ancestors, most particularly in South Africa. 

I have not read much academic articles and research on the topic, but based on what I know and what I myself have witnessed as a young black South African girl, these are some of the ideas I was made aware of at a very young age.

 

The author speaks of believers of this faith as being a 'cult' and after looking up the definition of the word, I found that it is a term used to described a group of people who worship a deity. This makes sense now. 

 

In the Eastern Cape, I know tha many of the older generation which believe in the existence of ancestors, believe and worship a deity called 'Qhamada'. However, none of the elders I have come into contact with deny the existence of God, even with their belief in 'Qhamada'. 

 

Bongani Shweni

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Wild at heart

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"Ancestor worship is widespread in Madagascar and includes exhumations of deceased relatives to receive their blessings." Exhumations were a wide spread practice in prehistory.
De vooroudercultus in Madagascar kent vandaag nog de praktijk van het opgraven van botten. Men geloofde dat deze een weldadige invloed hadden op de levenden. De kaft van mijn tweede boek 'De maatschappij van jagers en verzamelaars', toont een meisje met de schedel van haar zuster op haar rug. Ze had een identiek geloof.

 

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allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Praise Song to the Ancestors (Page 1 of 2)

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Praise Song to the Ancestors (Page 1 of 2) | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

Shona (Africa) and ancestor cult.

Shona (Afrika) en vooroudercultus

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A combination of christianity and old ancestor cult

EEn combinatie van chrsitendom en vooroudercultus

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The Fortnightly Review › On ancestor worship and other peculiar beliefs.

The Fortnightly Review › On ancestor worship and other peculiar beliefs. | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

A text written by Herbert Spencer in 1870 that  clearly what ancestor cult is and how it is related with totemism aka the worship of plants and animals.

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The Beliefs of the Basotho People

The Beliefs of the Basotho People | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

Although the accompanying text states the Basotho have no ancesotor cult, the facts contradict this statement.
Voroudercultus in Basotho. 

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Ancestor cult in Egypt

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The mummification of men and animals in Egypt was part of the belief that the body had to be kept in order to resurrect in an after life. It was part of the ancestor cult.

Vooroudercultus in Egypte.

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Toraja Unique Ritual: Cleaning and Changing Clothing Ancestors corpse | amazingnotes.com

Toraja Unique Ritual: Cleaning and Changing Clothing Ancestors corpse | amazingnotes.com | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi has long been famous for its natural scenic mountains a unique and customary rituals.

In Sulawesi (Indonesia) corpses of ancestors are kept. This is a part of the ancestor cult.

(Nederlands) In Sulawesi (Indonesië) worden lijken van voorouders bewaard, een onderdeel van de vooroudercultus. 

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Ma's ancestor worship is safest way to pay for Beijing's support

Ma's ancestor worship is safest way to pay for Beijing's support | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

President Ma Ying-jeou paid respects to the Yellow Emperor enshrined in a mausoleum near Sian on the Chinese mainland from the Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei last Tuesday on the eve of the Qing Ming Festival, or Clear-and-Bright Day.
The ancestor cult of the Yellow Emperor lead tot discussions in Taiwan.
In China en taiwan is de vooroudercultus springlevend, getuige de discussies in Taiwan.

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Papua New Guinea's Cave People - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Papua New Guinea's Cave People - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

A nomadic people in Papua New Guinea were rumored to be living in remote caves in the forest. When we found them, they sent a surprising message to the modern world.

Vooroudercultus in Papoea-Nieuw-Guinea vandaag. Vermenging met het christendom. 

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Begin with laba|Life|chinadaily.com.cn

Begin with laba|Life|chinadaily.com.cn | ancestor cult | Scoop.it
Chinese people start their preparations for the Spring Festival more than 20 days early.
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Students and instructors honor the deceased on Dia de los Muertos - Life - Lariat - Saddleback College

Students and instructors honor the deceased on Dia de los Muertos - Life - Lariat - Saddleback College | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

Het eren van de doden is ook in het christelijk geloof een overblijfsel van de vooroudercultus.

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What is symbolic thought?

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Symbolic thought is a way of thinking. Symbols represent an object, a reality, an idea etc.. For example, a ring may be a symbol for "this person is married".
Red ochre was early in human history...

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ANCESTORS AS ELDERS IN AFRICA

ANCESTORS AS ELDERS IN AFRICA | ancestor cult | Scoop.it

Masks made in Africa were until recently all representing ancestors.

Maskers die tot recent in Afrika gemaakt werden stelden voorouders voor.

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An Aperitif to Belief's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:08 AM

Although this article is a very lengthy one, I found it to be very informative. In essence, the author was trying to simplify a very complex and complicated topic. The author defines ancestors as figures with mystical powers and authority, who have a functional role in the world of the living. 

Their role is specific to the lives of their kinsgroup. 

 

Ancestors, as described here, are more so to do with their roles in the present day of the living and the lives of their kin than to do with the after life or their transcendence. 

 

What is also worthy to note, is how the author makes an effort to gaurd against ethnocentric views and tries not to judge these beliefs based on a Western way of thinking. 

 

With this, the author was able to provide more information and background on these african beliefs without projecting any personal biases and views. This allows the reader to form his/her own perception.

 

Bongani Shweni