Ancestor worship

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Ancestor worship is a form of religion where ancestors, rather than god-like beings, are venerated.[citation needed]

Mwangi Expanse

Ancestor worship as practised by the tribes of the Mwangi Expanse is something of a misnomer. The tribes revere their ancestors, but do not worship them, and there are no clerics who derive their divine powers from ancestors. Instead, the spirits of the ancestors are seen as helping to guide and defend the people, and might be asked to intercede with an actual deity on their behalf.

The Mwangi sometimes use carvings of trees as an aid in remembering their lineage.1

Elsewhere on Golarion

The Shoanti2 and Tian3 participate in ancestor worship.


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  1. Amber Stewart, et al. “Life in Mwangi” in Heart of the Jungle, 18. Paizo Inc., 2010
  2. James Jacobs, et al. “Human Ethnicities” in Humans of Golarion, 16. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. James Jacobs, et al. “Human Ethnicities” in Humans of Golarion, 18. Paizo Inc., 2011