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Neolithic burial sites (4500-4200 BC) in China suggest that ancestor-worship has gone through a changing course of ritual practice (see Liu in press and 1996 for general references).
The significant role of ancestor-worship ritual in the political systems of the late Neolithic shows a considerable degree of similarity to the case of the Shang dynasty, in which religious power, political power and kinship relations were inextricably inter-linked in the dynastic institution.
In modern times, as in the Three Dynasties, ancestor-worship is a political strategy.
Many of the new religions incorporate elements of the two main religions and are interlarded with such practices as Confucianism, folk religion, shamanism, ancestor-worship, animism, and curiously Shinkyo (Protestantism) and Katorikku (Catholicism).