Hamitic


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Synonyms for Hamitic

a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic

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In this context, Equiano's audacious manipulation of these commentators--he pieces together the excesses of glosses and footnotes-becomes a means of circumnavigating entirely the Hamitic myth of African origins and instantiating the Igbo within the realm of Israelite identity--the Igbo are descended from the chosen people and, despite being in the heart of a nonhistorical land, their roots lie at the center of biblical history.
Secondly, the idea that Africans were Hamitic is a modern idea.
The background is that Leir and his warriors conquered three Hamitic tribes living in what is now England and Scotland, and Leir, after killing the kings of each, took each queen as wife (67-69).
Barbara Sorgoni, in "Italian Anthropology and the Africans: The Early Colonial Period," describes the methods and means of Italian colonialism in Africa, emphasizing the Hamitic hypothesis as presented by Italian colonists, and the reliance on ethnographic and anthropological studies conducted by ethnocentric scholars.
Thus, within in a few lines of announcing in True at First Light that "the Wakamba [with whom he clearly identifies] are not homosexual," Hemingway notes that "Miss Mary, with the shortest of African haircuts, provided the pure Hamitic face of a boy with a body that was as womanly as a good Masai young wife .
At the same time the method used looks of sufficient promise to recommend that analogous sets of structural features be collected for the languages around the Mediterranean to establish a comparable set of features so as to compare Semitic, Hamitic, Indo-European and Basque languages.
This is particularly interesting in view of the campaign initiated among Congolese and African elites claiming that a profound division and antagonism exists among Africans of Bantu as against Hamitic or Nilotic backgrounds.
Notions of blackness converge with the issues of sexuality, shame, religion, and community" as Hardy explains, ideas supported by reference to the "so-called Hamitic curse from Genesis" and centuries of myths and legends that equate blackness with evil, sin, and shameful sexual expression (27).
Incredibly, there is no mention here of the Hamitic hypothesis, which first led scholars to date rock carvings of cattle to the predynastic period, on the grounds that modern pastoralists in North-east Africa are living remnants of a racial substratum that preceded the emergence of Egyptian civilisation.
Even as a religious ritual, circumcision was practised by only a few tribal societies, mostly living in desert regions: the Semtitic and Hamitic peoples of north and east Africa and the Middle East, and the Aboriginal people of central Australia are the most notable.
He certainly had black ancestry as his mother, Bathsheba, was a Hittite, who were Hamitic and thus black-skinned (Page 49, May 23).
Meanwhile, the Tutsis [were] relegated to Hamitic invaders [originally from Ethiopia].
Maybe it has something to do with our genes, for a high proportion of indigenous North Wales people (but not South Walians, except from Pembrokeshire) are genetically Hamitic (cousins of the Semitic Arabs), seemingly descended from the tribes of North Africa.
Roughly speaking, the Hutu were dismissed as inferior Negroids, distinguished by stocky frames, thick lips, and flat noses, while the Tutsi were a tall and slim Hamitic people descended from Ethiopia.
But it has everything to do with Afrocentric discourse when Tony Martin of Wellesley College writes, "The Hamitic Myth (that is, the association of the African with the supposed curse of Noah) was invented by Jewish talmudic scholars.