That ‘ancestors’ bear great significance in the lives of their African descendants is evident throughout African anthropology and theology. They are deemed to be, “patrons of society” that hold incredible power over human destiny. It is through venerating both sides that African descendants can avoid misfortune in life. However, what does the science say? Can we actually back this up with genetic evidence and present an underlying basis for exploring phenomenoa’s such as PTSS and intergenerational trauma? In this fascinating piece, our author explores those arguments that suggeat we can.
Vistra Greenaway-Harvey is an academic copywriter and legal researcher. As well as African commentary, she drafts consultations and legal submissions for local councils and Fortune 500 companies.