Ancestor worship is a religious practice based on the belief that one's ancestors possess supernatural powers, such as gods, angels, saints, or demons.
Ancestor worship in some cultures honors the deeds, memories, and sacrifice of the deal. Much of the worship includes visiting the ancestors at their graves, making offerings to them to provide for their welfare in the afterlife.
Spirit money (also called Hell Notes) is sometimes burned as an offering to ancestors as well for the afterlife. The living may regard the ancestors asguardian angels to them, perhaps in protecting them from serious accidents, or guiding their path in life.
Families burned incense every day on the domestic ancestral altar. In China, the family altar house the family spirit tablets. On the outer surface of the spirit tablet is engraved the year of the death, his full name, and the name of the son who erects the tablet.
Anniversary rites take place the death date of each major deceased member of the family every year.Sacrificial food is offered, and living members of the family participate in the ceremony in ritual order based on age and generation.
1. Why does ancestor worship become a religious practice?
2. What are the activities of the worship?
3. Why do people burn spirit money for their dead ancestors?
4. What can we see on the spirit tablet?
5. When do anniversary rites for the major deceased member of the family take place?