So, if there is one area of my practice in which I’m sorely lacking, it is that of ancestor veneration. As a black American, knowledge of my ancestors is limited to what can be found in State records, or what is passed down in the family. (A close relative of mine has researched all there is to find on our family, which sadly, wasn’t much more than what we already knew; and yes, I realize that many black Americans will not share my plight, as their families are more recent arrivals to the States.) On top of all that, my ancestors were likely Christians or members of tribal religions.
As a Hellenist, what do I have in common with them, besides bloodlines? Would they even want a relationship with me? Do they know me already? I have no idea, but I know I’ve wondered about them for a very long time.
I keep a whole shelf for them in my shrine cabinet, but I don’t really know how to go about establishing communications. How exactly does one begin to honor their ancestors? If anyone reading this has experience in this area, I could use a few suggestions, so any assistance would be much appreciated. Advance thankies to any and all who respond. ^_^