Hi Guys, I know I've been quite...I've been finishing my studies but its all systems go.. Here in South Africa, amongst the black people, there's been an age old divison between two schools of thought. One is that once you become a born again christian and believe in God, you should let go of ancestral worship as it goes against scripture and the bible states that you may not have other mediums.. Now, to describe briefly my experiences, I grew up in a deeply traditional yet equally religious family. Us black people here believe that u need to slaughter a goat or a sheep for your ancestors to say thank u when you've had a series of good things happen, to ask as well, we would maybe slaughter a white chicken just to ask for protection and we'll light up traditional incense and brew traditional beer and and call other family to be with us...We also believe in going to the grave of the dead family member to talk to them and ask for protection before a trip or before undertaking something big...like a business. The thinking basically is that our ancestors are mediums that can talk to God for us. In the Zulu culture that I'm from in paticular, we believe that there has always been a bigger and greater spiritual being and we called him "umvelinqanga"-don't even try to pronounce that..you might bite your tongue...but u can always make a quick call to South Africa if u really want to know. anyway, like I was saying..this has been the way for us to express ourselves and we believed in the guidance of the elders and the "healers", using traditional medicne, because we usually use leaves and barks and roots to make aloe-which has great health and healing powers, infact most medicne has a herbal variant that has always been there in Africa... But, when the white man came, he introduced the concept of "God", infact, Shaka, once asked the missionaries who constantly came to teach him about God in his Royal kraal, if this "God" could help him become a stronger king! But, as the christianity spread, ancestral worship has significantly decreased. I grew up in a home where both cultures where both were practised...but I'm very confused about the whole thing and I 'm sometimes involved in arguments and debates with other friends about the whole thing...any thoughts..