ABOUT NOAH’S THREE SONS: HAM, SHEM, AND JAPHETH – THE “HAMITIC MYTH” – “THE BIBLICAL ORIGIN OF THE NEGRO RACE” – THE CAUSE OF NEGROES HAVING A BLACK SKIN – “NOAH’S CURSE” – “NOAH’S DRUNKENNESS”

  • Noah’s Drunkenness:
    “When Noah awoke from his drunken sleep,he saw what his little son [grandson] Canaan had done to him, and cried: ‘God’s curse upon Canaan! May his bbrothers make him a slave of slaves! But blessed be the God of Shem, whom Canaan shall serve. May He also enlarge Japheth, to dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall serve them both. Noah lived another three hundred and fifty years.” Genesis xx. 20-28. 
    The Genesis version of this myth has been carelessly edited. Ham could not be blamed in justice, for noticing his father’s nakedness; and Noah would never have laid such a grave curse upon Ham’s innocent son Canaan, even if this involuntary act had been Ham’s only fault. The text ‘And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his little son had done onto him’ points to a gap in the narrative, plausibly filled by the midrashic account of his castration. Noah’s curse shows that the sinner was little Canaan, not Ham ‘father of’ is clearly an editorial insertion. The myth is told to justify Hebrew enslavement of Canaanites –Canaan was “Chnas”for the Phoenicians and Agenor for the Greeks. — 
    In Time-Life Books, “Titans and Olympians: Greek and Roman Myth,” from which it was borrowed, Chapter 20: “The Origins of the World,” in the Section: “The Castration of Uranus,” it was indicated: 
    “Only Chronus, the youngest, dared to take up his mother’s cause. Gaia made a sickle for Cronus out of a material so hard tht only the gods could make weapons from it. She plotted with her son how to catch Uranus off-guard, and showed him where to lie in wait within her body. As night fell, Uranus spread himself over the Earth and lowered himself towards his wife to make love to her. Cronus slashed out with his sickle, castrating his father, and flung away his genitals.” 
    Patai and Graves stated: “Some say that at the height of Noah’s drunkenness he uncovered himself, whereupon Canaan, Ham’s son entered the tent, mischievously looped a stout cord about his grandfather’s genitals, drew it tight, and unmanned him. Ham then also entered. When he saw what had happened, he told Shem and Japheth, smiling as if it were a jest for idlers in the marketplace: but earned their curses. 
    Others say that Ham himself unmanned Noah, who awakened from his drunken sleep and understanding what had been done to him, cried: 
    “Now I cannot beget the fourth son whose children I would have ordered to serve you and your brothers! Therefore it must be Canaan, your first-born, whom they enslave. And since you have disabled me from doing ugly things in the blackness of night, Canaan’s children shall be born ugly and black! Moreover, because you twisted your head around to see my nakedness your grandchildren’s hair shall be twisted into kinks, and their eyes red; again, because your lips jested at my misfortune, theirs shall swell; and because you neglected my nakedness they shall go naked, and their male members shall be shamefuly elongated. Men of this race are called Negroes ; their forefather Canaan commanded them to love theft and fornication, to be bandied together in hatred of their masters and never to tell the truth.” [Source: “Sanhedrin 72a-b, 108b B. Pesahim113bTanhuma Buber Gen. 49-50; Tanhuma Noah 13, 15Gen. Rab. 341]” 
    The same midrash passage was quoted by Yosef-ben Jochannan in “Africa: Mother of Western Civilization,” citing Patai and Graves. 
    Hamitic curse – BNiblical origin of Negro race – Black people got their “curse” .. a black skin-color … when God put the curse on Ham (Canaan, Ham’s son) for gazing upon his father’s (Noah’s) naked body and jesting or joking or smiling about if! — Genesis 9:18, 19: “And the sons of Noah that went forth of the ark was Shem, Ham, and Japeth. These are the three sons of Noah and of them was the whole earth overspread.’” [Note: A Judaic proclamation of the common origin of man, taken from the Old Testament — “Noah’s Drunkenness,”When Noah awoke from his drunken sleep,he saw what his little son [grandson] Canaan had done to him, and cried: ‘God’s curse upon Canaan! May his bbrothers make him a slave of slaves! But blessed be the God of Shem, whom Canaan shall serve. May He also enlarge Japheth, to dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall serve them both. Noah lived another three hundred and fifty years.” Genesis xx. 20-28. 
    The Genesis version of this myth has been carelessly edited. Ham could not be blamed in justice, for noticing his father’s nakedness; and Noah would never have laid such a grave curse upon Ham’s innocent son Canaan, even if this involuntary act had been Ham’s only fault. The text ‘And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his little son had done onto him’ points to a gap in the narrative, plausibly filled by the midrashic account of his castration. Noah’s curse shows that the sinner was little Canaan, not Ham ‘father of’ is clearly an editorial insertion. The myth is told to justify Hebrew enslavement of Canaanites –Canaan was “Chnas”for the Phoenicians and Agenor for the Greeks. — Agenor – “Genealogy[edit]
    According to Apollodorus, Agenor was born in Memphis of Egypt to Poseidon and Libya and he had a twin brother named Belus.[4] Belus remained in Egypt and reigned over Egypt, while Agenor departed to Phoenicia and reigned there. According to other sources,[5] he was the son of Belus and Achiroe.

    Sources differ also as to Agenor’s children; he is sometimes said to have been the father of Cadmus, Europa, Cilix, Phoenix, and Thasus.[6][7][8][9] [10] Some sources state that Phoenix was Agenor’s brother (and Belus’s son); and it was Phoenix who was the father of these individuals. Agenor’s wife is variously given as Telephassa, Argiope, Antiope (daughter of Belus), Cassiopeia, Epimedusa, and Tyro, with the latter giving her name to the city of Tyre. According to Pherecydes, Agenor’s first wife was Damno, daughter of Belus, who bore him Phoenix and two otherwise unknown daughters, Isaia and Melia, who married Aegyptus and Danaus respectively; Agenor then fathered Cadmus with Argiope, daughter of Neilus.[11]

    In the Iliad, however, Europa is clearly a daughter of Phoenix.[12] Either Cadmus or Europa are confirmed as children of Phoenix by the Ehoeae attributed to Hesiod and by Bacchylides and by various scholia. Cilix and Phineus are also sons of Phoenix according to Pherecydes,[13] who also adds an otherwise unknown son named Doryclus.

    Most later sources list Cadmus and Cilix as sons of Agenor directly without mentioning Phoenix. On the rare occasions when he is mentioned, Phoenix is listed as the brother of Cadmus and Cilix. Whether he is included as a brother of Agenor or as a son, his role in mythology is limited to inheriting his father’s kingdom and to becoming the eponym of the Phoenicians. All accounts agree on a Phoenician king who has several children, including the two sons named Cadmus and Cilix and a daughter named Europa.

    Myth[edit]
    Zeus saw Agenor’s daughter Europa gathering flowers and immediately fell in love with her. Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and carried Europa away to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Agenor, meanwhile, sent Europa’s brothers, Cadmus and Cilix in search of her, [14] telling them not to return without her. In some versions of the tale, Agenor sends her other brothers as well: Phineus or Thasus (and of course Phoenix in the versions where the Cadmus’s father is Agenor).

    As Europa could not be found, none of the brothers returned.[7][15] [16] Cadmus consulted the oracle of Delphi and was advised to travel until encountering a cow. He was to follow this cow and to found a city where the cow would lie down; this city became Thebes. Cilix searched for her and settled down in Asia Minor. The land was called Cilicia after him.– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agenor

     
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About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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