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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'.
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.
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.
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 former's emphasis on the "Hamite" and "Cushite" empires likely strikes the modern reader as fanciful, while Woodson was a more scrupulous (and conventional) researcher.
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." Id.
Strange and convoluted theories and terms were manufactured to "prove" that "the ancient Egyptians were not negroes (sic)." Examples of such terms were "Hamite," "Hamito-Semitico," "half-Hamite," "negroids," "true negroes," "negroid, but not negro," ad nauseam.
If there was no such group as the working class in the pre-independent Rwanda due to the absence of industry and bureaucracy, it is right to say that the majority of the impoverished peasantry living in an oral culture were exploited by a small minority of colonial agents and local elites, justified by the systems of 'Hamite supremacy' and, in post-colonial Rwanda, the 'Rubanda Nyamwinshi'.