Hamitic


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Ha·mit·ic

 (hă-mĭt′ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to the Hamites or their languages or cultures. No longer in technical use.
n.
A presumed language family thought to include Egyptian and the Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic languages. No longer in technical use.

Hamitic

(hæˈmɪtɪk; hə-)
n
(Languages) a group of N African languages related to Semitic. They are now classified in four separate subfamilies of the Afro-Asiatic family: Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic
adj
1. (Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
2. (Peoples) denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of the Hamites

Ham•it•ic

(hæˈmɪt ɪk, hə-)

n.
1. (esp. formerly) the non-Semitic branches of the Afroasiatic language family.
adj.
2. of or pertaining to the Hamites or to Hamitic.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hamitic - a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
Translations

Hamitic

[hæˈmɪtɪk] ADJcamítico

Hamitic

adjhamitisch
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According to the author, "The territories between the Sudan, Kenya and the sea, including Ethiopia, Somaliland and Souralia, were the first to experience the Hamitic invasion" (79).
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 lands.
However, the major racialized myth of ethnic differentiation used to marginalize the Hutu and to accelerate the power and influence of the Tutsi was the well known Hamitic Hypothesis.
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.
The 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.
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).
On a second expedition to Egypt, Lepsius discovered the Canopus Decree, with inscriptions similar to the Rosetta Stone, which be used to decipher hieroglyphs and to prove a connection between African and Hamitic languages.
Among these are several distinct tribal groups: the Kababish of northern Kordofan, a camel-raising people; the Ja(tm)alin and Shaigiyya groups of settled tribes along the rivers; the semi-nomadic Baggara of Kordofan and Darfur; the Hamitic Beja in the Red Sea area and Nubians of the northern Nile areas, some of whom have been resettled on the Atbara River; and the Nuba of southern Kordofan and Fur in the western reaches of the country.
Before the last hieroglyphic texts had been inscribed, the image of the taurine aleph profile passed from the Hamitic south to the Semitic north of the levantine coast, to acquire sound and meaning as the first of the 22 letters of the Phoenician alphabet.