Ancestor Veneration

An ancestor, literally defined, is anyone from whom you are descended – a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, etc. Spiritually, only those relatives who have lived long lives with good character, were respectful, and brought good into the world become ancestors. In any case, ancestors are embedded in your DNA and can be neither forgotten nor denied. By honoring your ancestors, you honor yourself.

Veneration is a practice based on the belief that ancestors remain active members of society and interested the affairs of their living relatives. The concept has existed in almost every known culture and is found in societies with every degree of social, political, and technological complexity.

The goal of practicing veneration is to ensure the ancestors’ continued well-being, to ask for special favors or help, to cultivate kinship values, or simply to maintain relationships with those who have passed on.

By giving offerings, you give energy to your reverence, thanks, or requests and you demonstrate reciprocity for what has already been provided on your behalf.