Curse of Ham

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The Curse of Ham, a misleading expression, actually refers to the curse placed upon Canaan, a son of Ham, and a grandson of Noah, according to the Book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible.

The story's original objective was to argue for a subjection of the Canaanites (supposedly descending from Canaan) to the Israelites, but in later centuries, the narrative was interpreted by some Jews, Christians, and Muslims as an explanation for black skin, as well as slavery of Blacks ("Hamites").

Even religious fundamentalists now disagree with such interpretations due to the fact that in the biblical text Ham himself is not cursed and skin color is never mentioned.

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