The developing biblical Hamitic
myth, said to be of Babylonian Talmudic origin, assigned Africans the role of servants to other peoples because of Canaan's misdeeds" (29-30).
European scholars still refuse to recognise Egypt, the Nile Valley and the Sudan, as an integral part of Africa by simply classifying the people of those vast areas as a 'hamitic
' branch of the 'white race', in spite of evidence that they were always, as they are today, African people.
He begins by rejecting the consensus view that Abraham was born in Ur Kasdim by reasoning that it is illogical that Abraham was born there in the land of the "Chaldeans" because he descended from Semites, yet Chaldea and the entire region of Sumer are Hamitic
race.") (author's translation); see also LEE ANN
Turning to religious practices, Rooney argues, 'At some time in their history, the Polynesians came in contact with the Hamitic
race, and throughout the Pacific we find traces of the Cushite cult' (Rooney 1908:620), seeming to forget the impact that Christianity had on very many traditions in Fiji even before his arrival; or perhaps wanting to salvage the honour of contemporaries who continued to align Pacific Island descent with biblical narratives.
But that part about black Jews makes sense, though, because of the Curse of Ham, the good ol' "Hamitic
African is connected to the American African and by extension the humanitas Africana in a way that serves to negate their existences or rather deny acceptance as a capably "civilized" member.
Boas underlines in this sense not the rapidness of the accumulation, but the fact that the dissemination of ideas in various peoples--as long as they stay in contact--takes place regardless of race, language or distance, that is why we ought to bow before the "genius" of all peoples, no matter if we are talking about the Hamitic
, Semitic, Aryan (Indo-European) or Mongol nations.
Among specific topics are the Hamitic
hypothesis and its origin in time, kingdoms of the savanna, trading states of the oil rivers, from ancient to Islamic cities in sub-Saharan Africa, women as spirit mediums in East Africa, and Islamic law and polemics over race and slavery in North and West Africa from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Aaron, "Early Rabbinic Exegesis on Noah's Son Ham and the So-Called 'Hamitic
Hypothesis,' " Journal of the American Academy of Religion 63 (1995): 724-26.
Although white colonials had imposed Hamitic
labels on African blacks, they never thought that some might actually practice the religion of the Hebrews.
This reviewer, for example, was surprised to see no mention of the Hamitic
Hypothesis in the chapter on colonialism in Africa (chapter twenty-six) and worries that by tying decolonization in Africa so strongly into the Cold War the role of the African himself is under-represented (chapter twenty-nine).