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Title:Ancestor beliefs and rituals among urban Africans
Author:Pauw, B.A.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
ancestor worship
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Until recently mostly is thought that the ancestor cult among urban Africans is not adapted to urban conditions, so that ancestor beliefs grow weaker in the urban situation, whereas traditional beliefs and rituals that are predominantly magical persist and are extensively adapted to urban needs. However, in 1960, Mitchell introduced a new theme, suggesting that ancestor beliefs and rituals not only persist In town but may take on new significance, which deviates from the earlier views. Most of the quantitative data in this paper derive from a study of the author or belief and ritual among Xhosa-speaking Christians and a study by Möller in Soweto. Sections of this paper: Incidence of ancestor beliefs and rituals - Adaptation of ancestor beliefs - The form of ancestor rituals - Ancestor beliefs and rituals and social structure - Conclusions. Ref.