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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:05 am

In what way do we honor our ancestors within traditional ways? Do we pray to them? Offer to them? Or what?
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Re: Ancestor Honoring

Post  Erodius on Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:19 am

The souls of deceased ancestors are customarily treated as minor divinities (daemones) in and of themselves. They are worshipped in much the same way as any other divinity: with prayers and sacrifices.

For average people, the gravesite often functioned as a sort of shrine for the person, while famous and influential people (kings, emperors, military leaders etc) sometimes would have whole temples dedicated to the worship of their souls, in some cases, even while they were still alive.

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