The Christian - Ancestor Worship - Animism

Pastor Jannie Viljoen

In the African context of spiritual matters, the honoring of dead ancestors play a vital role throughout a person's life. Not only are the dead honored by the living relatives, but the departed dead are seen as directing events from beyond the grave in the everyday life of the family. The dead are consulted concerning important matters in the family and the living must be careful not to offend the spirits of the ancestors. The spirits of the ancestors must also be appeased regularly by certain rituals and offerings.

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