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6 The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 7 The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.
8 Cush was the father of Nimrod; he began to be a valiant warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. (That is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.”) 10 The primary regions of his kingdom were Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and the great city Calah.
13 Mizraim was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 14 Pathrusites, Casluhites (from whom the Philistines came), and Caphtorites.
15 Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, Heth, 16 the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 17 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 18 Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. Eventually the families of the Canaanites were scattered 19 and the borders of Canaan extended from Sidon all the way to Gerar as far as Gaza, and all the way to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and by their nations.
The list of the descendants of Ham are no less interesting than the ones from the lineage of Japheth. First out of the chute is Cush, this is the ancestral father of Ethiopia. Cush’s sons later left Ethiopia and later settled the nations of Central Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, and the Congo. This sows that Central Africa was settled as these folks moved away from Ethiopia, but much of the models show that the people of Central Africa leaving to create civilization, but here we see what really happened. The most famous son of Cush was Nimrod. Nimrod is the one who settled Babel, in the valley of Shinar which is the Tigris-Euphrates valley. The name Mizraim is the ancient name for Egypt, which is still used in Hebrew and Arabic for the country of Egypt. The next son, Put, his descendants form what is later called Libya. Canaan settled in the area in and around Israel, in the center of the Middle East. One of his sons, Sidon, still has a city there on the Mediterranean named after him in Lebanon. Another son, Heth, became the founder of the Hittites. Some of Heth’s descendants moved to the East, the far East. Even to the point where there was some who called the land Cathay, this was ancient land we know of as China. They settled Southeast Asia, as in Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, & Malaysia. Another group of Canaan’s sons settled the Middle East between Egypt and Iran, collectively called the Canannites. These sons are Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, & the Hivites. The Arkites left home headed for Siberia, and later crossed over to become the Aleuts, and eventually became the Native American tribes. Over time they became the Incas, Mayas and the Aztecs…eventually some of them made their way along the Pacific Coast where they settled as the Aborigines of Australia. The Sinites, which is where the name of the Sinai peninsula gets its name, was led by Canaan’s son named Shin. And very quickly we see that they head East, way East, where they settle China (Sino peoples). How do we know, beyond the biblical account, that Ham’s descendants made it all the way around the world? Well, for example, here are some Chinese characters, and their meanings…you connect the dots from there.
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