Of Ham, the son of Noah, and his descendants.

It is disputed whether he was a prophet or not: the Negroes are all descended from him.

It is related that, on the division of the world among the descendants of Noah, the western coun­tries, Africa, Hind, and the islands of Hind, &c., fell into the possession of Ham. He had nine sons, Hind, Sind, Zunj, Nobeh or Nubia, Kanaun, Gash, Kaisa, Berber and Habesh. The countries they inhabited were called after their names. There is some dispute whether all these were the sons of Ham, or whether some were not his grandsons. It is said no prophet has existed among the sons of Ham, because he was cursed by his father, for some misconduct in the ark.