Honoring Ancestors

persian altar

Negar’s haft sin table

For the ones who have come
And for the ones who have gone
For the ones who have lived
And whose gifts are in the stone

We wave goodbye
With sadness and cheer
For the happy ones
Whose waters are clear

For the meeting point
Where we will see you one day
And where the worlds are joined
For the longer stay

For all of us together
We bow and pray
For all of us together
Each in own way

34 thoughts on “Honoring Ancestors

    • Thanks so much! I was inspired to post it after visiting a great gal pal to honor her Persian New Year (Naw-Ruz) celebration. I loved her altar, she explained the symbolics of it, and told me about her ancestors. It was very moving and reminded me how grateful I am that my shamanic work allows me to meet many ancestors from various traditions.

    • Yes, you are right, it’s never too late… And anyways it was my really good galpal’s celebration, I was just invited but thoroughly enjoyed it πŸ™‚
      Thanks again and I am glad you liked it!

    • Yes, me too! And my Persian girlfriend really cared that I mention that this celebration is more about spring renewal.
      To me, all altars talk to our ancestors, and many customs come from our ancient (‘pagan’) roots. But hey that’s just me πŸ™‚

  1. This is lovely. I once visited a place where the ancestors of a certain tribe of African people were ‘believed’ to be located, and it was an amazing experience. They really could be felt and heard, as if they were physical.

    • That’s wonderful! I have recently been to Africa for the first time and have totally fell in love! So much so, that we are going back for a month this summer πŸ™‚
      I have always felt close to the traditions of Indians of the Americas, but have to say that something has happened for me while in Africa and I could really feel that that is where life on Earth started and evolved from (I know that the science confirms that but I never felt it true in my inner being πŸ™‚ I would be very interested to learn more about your book!

  2. Great poem! (: Upon seeing the haft sin table, and the comments on this blog, I suddenly missed celebrating the Persian New Year. The Haft Sin (or 7 “S”) table represents many things about this life. It’s one of those age-old traditions that remains kept up to this very day. Although late, I wish you and everyone a happy spring beginning. (:

    • Thanks so much! I am really at awe of the great response to this post. It’s wonderful that so many of us could honor a different tradition. And I think we all missed spring this year, but it’s finally coming. It will shine bright πŸ™‚

  3. i hope someday
    to take my seat
    alongside my
    in the
    Halls of Valhalla
    and become
    an Ancestor
    of memory

    you bring very thought provoking topics to the front of the page

    thank you

  4. I like that Buddhist holiday where you light a candle and there is drumming and dancing. I can’t recall what its called but I so enjoyed participating one year at a temple, it was all about honoring our ancestors.
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