The article explores the interpretation and reception of Genesis 9:25-27 and how the
so-called ‘curse of Ham’ contributed to the construction of masculinities in South
Africa. The impact of the Ham ideology on black people and on the construction
of masculinities is explored from the perspective of a contemporary theological
anthropology as ‘embodied sensing’.
The Ham ideology also has a remarkable longevity, especially in South Africa with
remnants of the curse still visible and alive in the minds (and bodies) of people.
Because of the unique way in which this ideology was employed in South Africa from
the time of slavery and during apartheid, it is reasonable to conceive that it also played
a vital role in the construction of the masculinities of males in South Africa.