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Book: Pagan Religions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 34. Do Pagans Worship Ancestors?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45501


The concept of “ancestors” includes biological ancestors, ancestors of place, and ancestors of tradition or spirit. Ancestors hold varying significance in different Pagan traditions, with Druidry and Heathenism placing particular importance on them. Many Pagans include ancestors in their rituals, especially during festivals like Samhain. Some believe ancestors exist as individual entities, while others think they represent collective wisdom.

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