The ancestor Axis

The ancestor axis selects all nodes that contain the context node, starting with its parent. For example, /descendant::BORN[position()=2]/ancestor::*[position()=1] selects the element which contains the second BORN element. In this example, it selects Elodie Bellau's PERSON element. There's no abbreviation for the ancestor axis.

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