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an·ces·tor

(an'ses-tōr),
A person in the direct line of descent from which a subject of interest is derived (for example, parents or grandparents; but no collaterals or descendants).

ancestor

(ăn′sĕs′tər)
n.
1. A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; a forebear.
2. Biology The actual or hypothetical organism or stock from which later kinds evolved.

ancestor

Etymology: L, antecessorem
one from whom a person is descended, through the mother or the father. The term assumes a direct line of descent, excluding collateral family members of previous generations.
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This is an excellent manual for those who wish to pursue contact with the spirit world to take advantage of the personal knowledge and, ultimately, the healing they can gain from their ancestors.
Mbiti's theory about the social importance of ancestors in indigenous African religions is severely criticized by Anthony Ephirim-Donkor who is convinced that ancestors must not only be worshipped; they are indeed worshipped in all indigenous African religions (Ephirim-Donkor 2013, 189).
Both in the Wendake North (the Nionwents'io, including the Saint Lawrence Valley in Quebec), in the Wendake South (the Great Lakes of Ontario, Erie and Huron), we have been faced with many situations where the remains of our ancestors have been unearthed, examined, studied, unilaterally appropriated or simply disposed of like garbage.
Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India.
In their attempt to bring ancestors back au gout du jour, Courdec's and Sillander's introduction reviews the classic studies of Fortes and Radcliff-Brown, amongst others.
The researchers use techniques of morphometric analysis and phylogenetic statistics to reconstruct the dental morphology of the last common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans.
Sather analyses how Saribas Iban mortuary rituals generate ancestors.
Most previous analyses date the Y chromosome common ancestor to between 50,000 and 115,000 years ago and the mitochondrial DNA common ancestor to between 150,000 and 240,000 years ago.
In reality, about 80% of the people living in Europe at Charlemagne's time were also ancestors of everyone from the West.
However, I wonder about these claims of a lack of attention to the institution of ancestors when one notes some of the literature to which the editors themselves refer, and in their review of that literature they by no means exhaust all that is relevant (pp.
Driven by the past: Dr Alice Roberts examines our ancestors.
The Ancestor band is based on a field of scientific knowledge, called Endosymbiotic Theory, the belief that all life is connected by a life force that connects us all one to another.