lisa monaghan

Sanders (1969). The Hamitic Hypothesis. Its origins and functions in time perspective

THE Hamitic hypothesis is well-known to students of Africa. It states that everything of value ever found in Africa was brought there by the Hamites, allegedly a branch of the Caucasian race. Seligman formulates it as follows:

Apart from relatively late Semitic influence... the civilizations of Africa are the civilizations of the Hamites, its history the record of these peoples and of their interaction with the two other African stocks, the Negro and the Bushman, whether this influence was exerted by highly civilized Egyptians or by such wider pastoralists as are represented at the present day by the Beja and Somali ...The incoming Hamites were pastoral 'Europeans'-arriving wave after wave-better armeda s well as quickerw itted than the darka griculturalN egroes.

Category: Anthropology and History

Sub-category: Socio-Cultural Groups and Practices