So reverence for one’s ancestors, and remembering their names, was considered essential to their practices.
They believed that our ancestors’ k A lives on in all of us.
In English these are called Ancestors or ancestral spirits.
Therefore the word ‘Umsamo’ is institution of Amadlozi/amathongo which is ancestors collectively.
The k A includes all of the genetic material and characteristics of our parents and ancestors.
The Egyptians knew that residue from all of one’s ancestors were sharing in the make-up of one’s own personal k A.
What he meant here was that Heaven and Earth are equal, because if they are not equal, there will be no equilibrium; there will be no perpetual unity between the two spheres of life.
In this context, ancestors are just like us; except that they would a more advanced and enlightened life than us.
Their genes, successfully passed down through the many generations, live on in each being born of their creation.
All of our ancestors are gazing through our eyes at this very moment.
Because Amathongo/amadlozi are just the same people who lived with us on earth, it is always believed that they, the gods, and all the cosmic forces must serve the interests of the living for their own peace and fulfillment.
That is the reason why they are cared for, looked after and highly feared and respected.
Because of its origin, ‘Umsamo’ is ontologically and cosmologically embedded in an African culture, which produces an African world view.