[quote=“Arkhilokhus, post:1, topic:4431”]The recent posts on Ancestor Worship got me thinking - for those of us whose goal is apotheosis, is there any value in ensuring that we will receive offerings as an ancestor after death?
In my own case, I’m an only child and currently childless myself. I have three cousins, all of whom are conservative Catholics. Given that, if I want to receive offerings after my death, there will need to be some groundwork done in preparation of that eventuality. So my question is, as someone that intends to be joining the gods after death rather than the mortal dead, is it worth the time and effort to lay that groundwork? What is the advantage?[/quote]
In many African and Diasporic traditions, the only way to advance to “godhood” is through the proper ceremonies being performed by living ancestors. In some such traditions it is considered a spiritual negative to have no one perform the rites for you.
From my own experiences seeing misas and seances where powerful ancestors came through on different people, it is absolutely imperative that you have some sort of veneration of the ancestors in your personal practices. You will still be among them even if you become “god-like”. I have met godly ancestors that were on par with the Lwa, but I know they attained such a position because they were priests in life and had the mantle carried for them by the younger generations.