Curse of Ham The term Hamitic originally referred to the peoples believed to have been descended from the biblical Hamone of the Sons of Noah. According to Bernard Lewisthe sixth-century Babylonian Talmud states that "the descendants of Ham are cursed by being Black and are sinful with a degenerate progeny. According to Edith Sanders, this restriction was increasingly emphasised by 19th century theologians, who rejected the curse as a justification for slavery. John Hanning Speke believed that central African "barbaric civilizations" had been founded by North African Hamites from the Oromo ethnic group of Ethiopia.
Shearer The link between the economic elites that promote cheap labor which ultimately was the rationale behind slavery and racism is as undeniable as the fact that the sun rises in the east - and so, unfortunately, is the link between political Christianity and those same economic elites.
For Christians to believe that their alliance with economic "fat cats" will lead them anywhere but into shame is naive at best, and very self-serving at worst. The specific culprit insofar as Africa was concerned was a kind of racism which combined in itself a strange and eccentric mixture of various passages of Scripture which had been thoroughly distorted and gnarled, and then grotesquely tied to bizarre evolutionary theories which postulated that black Africans were somewhat lower on the evolutionary scale than whites - an evolutionism which is, in reality, not that much different from what J.
This freakish mixture of evolutionism and Scripture was known as the "Hamitic Hypothesis. These verses recount the story of Ham, the son of Noah, who, upon discovering his father naked and in a drunken stupor, "exposed" him to his brothers, Shem and Japheth. When Noah awoke, he "knew" what Ham had done and pronounced a curse in retribution; interestingly, only Canaan is directly mentioned: There are, of course, a number of problems with this hypothesis: Nor is there any Biblical indication that Canaan and his descendants settled in Africa.
The Bible is quite specific as to where Canaan settled: Palestine [which is not to say that the modern-day Palestinians are the descendants of Canaan either; they the original Canaanites appear to have been killed off.
The truth is, there is nothing in the Scriptures which in any way indicates that Cush and his descendants were cursed; on the contrary, there is much which argues the opposite: Ethiopia among those who know Me. One thing is sure: And insofar as God is concerned, this kind of thinking has a way of boomeranging, and it should be noted that in the one place where God did curse and "mark" a particular people i.
So much for the Scriptural basis for the Hamitic Hypothesis! And Christians - by allowing such myths to circulate without challenging their basis in Scripture and denouncing those in their community who are connected, directly or even indirectly, to such thinking - disgrace the name of Christ and cause it to be "blasphemed among the unbelievers.
Liberals have a right under such circumstances to question our sincerity.
Take Rwanda, for example. When Belgian missionaries first arrived in Rwanda in the s they brought with them this noxious way of thinking - which was then tied to European imperialism.
In the case of Rwanda, the doctrine took a rather bizarre twist. The Belgians needed allies, there were simply not enough of them i.
They therefore postulated that the Tutsi Tribe - a minority tribe in the area - were really "black Caucasians" or "African Aryans. And, of course, there were reasons in choosing the Tutsi above the more numerous Hutu: The fact of the matter is, the whites needed laborers, and they needed a lot of them - and there were a lot more Hutu than there were Tutsi.
The elevation of the Tutsi meant the relegation of the Hutu to the status of "Bantu serfs," and of the Twa - a small group of potters and hunter-gatherers in the area - to the lowest position of aboriginal "pygmoids," supposedly remnants of an earlier stage of human evolution.
Under the Belgians, Tutsi dominance and power were extended and Tutsi privileges intensified - leading over the years to a white-hot, jealous rage on the part of the Hutus and Twa. Interestingly, it should be noted that prior to the insertion of this particular twist of the Hamitic Hypothesis, the three groups had lived together in relative peace.
The practice of elevating one tribe to assist in the governance of the colony was common to all colonial governments in Africa; for example, in South Africa, the Zulus were elevated to semi-European status; in Nigeria, the Ibos were elevated to quasi-European rank, and in Liberia the re-settled American slaves received the status of "African-Aryans" - and all with the same result as in Rwanda: And in all of this, Holy Writ and evolutionism were twisted together in a diabolical and cruel mixture to achieve the result - all with the acquiescence of the Christian community.
God help us as evangelicals if we should ever repeat these mistakes! But this is certainly what some of our business and political allies are urging on us under the pretense of a new evolutionism presided over by men like Jensen, Shockley, Rushton, and the Pioneer Fund.
People like Hudson Taylor, C. Unfortunately, people like Taylor were - in the main - few and far between. Please see Edith Sanders, "The Hamitic hypothesis: Its origins and junctions in time perspective," Journal of African History, v. Please see Davis Dictionary of the Bible, pg.The Hamitic Hypothesis; Its Origin and Functions in Time Perspective Created Date: Z.
THE Hamitic hypothesis is well-known to students of Africa. It states that everything of value ever found in Africa was brought there by the Hamites, allegedly a branch of the Caucasian race. Seligman formulates it as follows.
The Hamitic Hypothesis is a racist hypothesis created to deprive the African people of the value of humanity and make them vulnerable to racialized dehumanization. Ancient Eurasian Peoples.
Ancient Eurasian Peoples. The term "Eurasian" is indeed a vague classification, yet it is in a certain way more appropriate than other historic definitions that are as much or perhaps more vague than this. So much for the Scriptural basis for the Hamitic Hypothesis! - the fact of the matter is, the Hamitic Hypothesis was (is) a sham cooked up by bigots to justify their racism, their past exploitation of black labor (black slavery), and their economic rape of the African continent. The Proto-Indo-European homeland (or Indo-European homeland) was the prehistoric urheimat of the Indo-European languages – the region where their reconstructed common ancestor, the Proto-Indo-European language (PIE), was originally spoken. From this region, its speakers migrated east and west, and went on to form the proto-communities of the different branches of the language family.
The term "Eurasian" is indeed a vague classification, yet it is in a certain way more appropriate than other historic definitions that are as much or perhaps more vague than this. Hamitic hypothesis. Many versions of this perspective on African history have been proposed, and "applied" (via colonialism) to different parts of the continent.
The essays below focus on the development of these ideas regarding the peoples of North, East and Southeast Africa.
Aug 12, · Africa was long been a mysterious, magical, and downright frightening place. The northern parts were explored first, leaving the rest of the land long shrouded in .