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  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Ancestors: Ancestor Worship

    6 pages Topic overview

    The term ancestor worship designates rites and beliefs concerning deceased kinsmen. Rites of ancestor worship include personal devotions, domestic rites, the ancestral rites of a kinship group such as a lineage, periodic...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Helen Hardacre . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 1.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family

    Ancestor Worship

    3 pages Topic overview

    The term ancestor worship, coined in 1885 by the British philosopher and sociologist Herbert Spencer, refers to a ritualized invocation of dead kin. It is based on the belief that the spirits of the dead have the power...

    From International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family MASAKO ISHII-KUNTZ . Ed. James J. Ponzetti .  Vol. 1.  2nd ed.  New York, NY: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. 

  • Brill's Encyclopedia of China

    Ancestor Worship

    2 pages Topic overview

    Ancestor worship has been the lynchpin of Chinese “familism”. It correlates with xiao (filial piety), the cardinal Chinese virtue, for ancestor worship minimally involves and invokes proper filial compliance to the needs...

    From Brill's Encyclopedia of China Stuart Thompson . Ed. Daniel Leese .  Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section Four: China Vol. 20. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2009. 

  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture

    Ancestor Worship

    1 page Topic overview, Brief article

    Ancestor worship is too strong of a phrase for what is an ancient practice still performed throughout East Asia. At best it involves semireligious ceremonies performed by families at funerals, during certain holidays...

    From The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture Ed. Joyce E. Salisbury .  Vol. 3: Asia and Oceania.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Funeral Rites: An Overview

    9 pages Topic overview

    Death is not only a biological occurrence leaving the corpse as a residue that must be administered to; it is also, and more importantly, a sociocultural fundamental because of the beliefs and representations it gives...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Louis-Vincent Thomas . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 5.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Ancestors: Baltic Cult of Ancestors

    6 pages Topic overview

    Despite the cultural and historical similarities between the Baltic peoples of Latvia and Lithuania, several different approaches to research on Baltic religion have developed. Lithuanian scholars, who consider relics of...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Rūta Muktupāvela . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 1.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Kingship: Kingship in Mesoamerica and South America

    7 pages Topic overview

    Of essential importance for the study of kingship in Mesoamerica and South America is the profound connection between supernatural authority and political power residing in an elite class of sacred kings who directed the...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Davíd Carrasco . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 8.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    South American Indian Religions: An Overview

    12 pages Topic overview

    Since the Indians of South America do not conform culturally, there is no religious uniformity among them. Despite this inconsistency, an acceptable overview can be achieved by subdividing the continent's large,...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Otto Zerries . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 13.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Warlpiri Religion

    5 pages Topic overview

    WARLPIRI RELIGION. While the boundaries of Warlpiri territory have moved through time, the central-western part of the Northern Territory has generally been regarded as the heart of Warlpiri country. Until they were...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion FranÇoise Dussart . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 14.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    African Religions: An Overview

    9 pages Topic overview

    Prior to the coming of Christianity and Islam to Africa, the peoples south of the Sahara developed their own religious systems, and these formed the basis of much of their social and cultural life. At present the...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Benjamin C. Ray . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 1.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Kinship

    5 pages Topic overview

    KINSHIP is both a social phenomenon found in all human societies and one of the most central and contested concepts in anthropology. It is a pervasive symbolic practice of creating socially differentiated categories of...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Claudia Gross . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 8.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Kingship: Kingship in the Ancient Mediterranean World

    9 pages Topic overview

    It is important to underline that the concept of "oriental despotism" deriving from the Bible is an ethnocentric concept that must be left aside. The general features of the Near Eastern kingships show a steady and...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Cristiano Grottanelli and Pietro Mander . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 8.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Sinhala Religion

    5 pages Topic overview

    SINHALA RELIGION. The Sinhala of Sri Lanka are for the most part Buddhists, yet their practical religion is a composite system derived from a variety of sources, including pre-Buddhist indigenous beliefs, Indic...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Gananath Obeyesekere . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 12.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Zulu Religion

    4 pages Topic overview

    ZULU RELIGION. After nearly 150 years of missionary activity the majority of the some 5.5 million Zulu-speaking South Africans are Christians. For many, however, the amadlozi (ancestors or shades of dead kin) who once...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Eleanor M. Preston-Whyte . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 14.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • New Encyclopedia of Africa

    Death, Mourning, and Ancestors

    15 pages Topic overview

    Among the many paradoxes of death is that people cope with this universal experience in so many different ways. Africanist scholars have made significant contributions to our understanding of the universality and...

    From New Encyclopedia of Africa Ed. John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller .  Vol. 2.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Kingship: Kingship in Sub-Saharan Africa

    4 pages Topic overview

    Kingship is always ritualized to some extent. Since the beginning of the twentieth century scholars have sought unsuccessfully to define a particular type of cultic complex in Africa as "divine kingship." Many now prefer...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Wyatt MacGaffey . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 8.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Folklore

    Religion, Folk

    10 pages Topic overview

    Religion as it is believed, practiced, and experienced in everyday life. Many humanistic and social scientific disciplines have examined the kinds of religious belief and practice found among the common people and...

    From Folklore : An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art Leonard Norman Primiano . Ed. Charlie T. McCormick and Kim Kennedy White .  Vol. 3.  2nd ed.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Swazi Religion

    5 pages Topic overview

    SWAZI RELIGION. The Swazi are part of the vast Bantu-speaking population of southern Africa, and their rich cultural heritage is a fusion of Nguni and Sotho elements. Prior to the incursion of colonial and Western...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Hilda Kuper . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 13.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Vodou

    6 pages Topic overview

    VODOU is a sometimes misleading, but nevertheless common, name for the religious practices of the majority of Haitians. Outsiders have given the name Vodou to the complex web of traditional religious practices followed...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Karen McCarthy Brown . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 14.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 

  • Encyclopedia of Religion

    Oceanic Religions: An Overview

    7 pages Topic overview

    The Pacific Islands are dispersed over the widest expanse of sea in the world. They consist of semi-continents (such as New Guinea), strings of large mountainous islands (along the curve of the Melanesian chain), and...

    From Encyclopedia of Religion Jean Guiart . Ed. Lindsay Jones .  Vol. 10.  2nd ed.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.