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A member of a group of peoples of northern and northeast Africa, including the Berbers, Tuaregs, and the ancient Egyptians and their descendants, thought to be descended from the biblical patriarch Ham. No longer in technical use.


(Peoples) a member of a group of peoples of N Africa supposedly descended from Noah's son Ham (Genesis 5:32, 10:6), including the ancient Egyptians, the Berbers, etc


(ˈhæm aɪt)

1. a descendant of Ham. Gen. 10:1, 6–20.
2. (esp. formerly) a member of any of the Hamitic-speaking peoples of N and E Africa.
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In his previous work, Johnston (1899: 277) had argued that the European 'scramble for Africa' in the late-19th century--far from being an historical anomaly--was simply the culmination of 'race movements during three thousand years which have caused nations superior to the Negro, the Negroid, and the Hamite to move down on Africa as a field for their colonization, cultivation, and commerce'.
This claim is unjustified because there is no reason to assume that only Hamites lived in Sumer, only that Sumer was, in general, a Hamite-dominated principality.
En 1380 Ines de Ayala vende el palacio al maestro carpintero Hamite.
Curtis Abraham traces the harmful Hamite Hypothesis dreamed up by 19th and early 20th century European scholars and scientists that, many believe, had a direct link with the sad events in Rwanda in 1994, and by extension with the ongoing ethnic animosities in the Great Lakes Region.
It was the splendours of Egypt's glorious past that helped to give rise to the racist philosophy of the Hamite Hypothesis, which helped to trigger off one of the most horrific pogroms of the 20th century--the transatlantic slave trade.
In his earlier work, Atman: A Reconstruction of the Solar Cosmology of the Indo-Europeans, the author developed an explanation of the cosmology of the postulated Noachidian race that branched into the Semite, Japhetite, and Hamite cultures of Egypt, Sumer, India, and early Europe and sought to explain how it formed the basis of their respective mythologies.
15) In an interpolation appearing only in Irish manuscripts, Nennius's account of the Trojans' Hamite African origins is linked to "Roman" chronicles translated by "ar senoir-ne nasal, i.
Benjamin Braude has pointed to a "movement from medieval polyphony to modem monophony" in the story's interpretation, naming the years 1589-1625 as the time when a broad range of alternative medieval ethnic geographies yielded to the familiar racialized concept of African Hamite enslavement ("The Sons of Noah and the Construction of Ethnic and Geographical Identities in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods," The William and Mary Quarterly 54, no.
Ironically, none of this, neither the curse of Ham nor the idea of Hamite hypersexuality and enslavement, is explicit in the Bible.
Marney clarified that just as not everyone who bought into white supremacy appealed to the old Hamite myth, neither had they all read Gobineau's book.
The victim would never have been classified as a black man by anthropologists, but as a Hamite, which is a member of the Caucasian group, who "did not always look white.
While Seligman insisted on the Caucasian origin of the Hamites, those among the Catholic and Protestant missionaries who were ethnologists worked hard to show that the Batutsi (the 'Hamite race') had brought with them from Asia, Egypt and then Ethiopia those elements of the civilization that were deemed valuable, including the cows.