Ancestors

Ancestors - Religion and Politics in African Societies...

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Religion and Politics in African Societies Ancestors Typically elders Most important thing about past was that it was when the ancestors lived. Time often marked by when ancestors had lived and when they died Circular concept of time. People of the past and people of the present believed to exist in the same moment. Thus dead could affect what living did Ancestors revered and honored because of this. Especially recently deceased – believed to be most influential Cult of ancestors in African religions – revered because: o Reverence for accomplishments while living o Because dead had power to affect the living Note on African conception of time and space Space o Place where living intersect with dead/gods o Land of the dead and the living as separate physical spaces Kongo – land of the dead under a mountain inhabited by the living, separated by water, sun and moon traveled around both lands Time o Something to be lived not measured, concern with marking time (calendars) but not measuring it with
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HUMN 007 taught by Professor Blyden during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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