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Roles performed by ancestors in Traditional African communities.

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  • The ancestors acted as mediators/intercessors between the living and God
  • Ancestors monitor, oversee what is happening in the community
  • They bring punishment to wrong doers/blessings to the righteous
  • Ancestors give instructions/directions on what should be done by members of the community
  • They rebuke/give a warning of the coming punishment for wrong doers
  • Ancestors give guidance on how rituals should be conducted
  • They safeguard traditions/ethics in their community
  • Through the ancestors, the living have sense of belonging/identity
  • Ancestors welcome the dead to the spiritual world
  • They avert the consequences of curses from the community members
  • Ancestors provide a reservoir of people‚Äôs names
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