Friend of mine sent this to me this evening on Kabbalah
Her video led me to this..long but interesting
Luria ( in the video) promoted and taught a theory of reincarnation,in that people are descended from a particular soul route.. Adam or Eve, or.. Cain or Abel, or one of Noah's three sons, Ham, Shem or Japheth, which determines ones soul nature.
He and his followers believed (to what i'm aware of)or at least it was later interpreted this way.. that black people are descendants of Canaan (one of Hams sons) cursed by darker skin..sin.. and into slavery, which was used by some to explain, or justify ( at the time ) the slave trade, and racist beliefs. Believe it or not, some followers still believe in the curse of Canaan theory, also mentioned in the book of mormon apparently.( not in the video, also I've not read the book or mormon, but I read somewhere else, that such a theory is in it)
As I read earlier today..myths do not need facts.. they simply need enough supporters.
Here's the verse in Genesis 9:
Then he [Noah] drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness. So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his [Ham's] younger son [or, more properly, youngest son] had done to him. Then he said: "Cursed be Canaan . . ." (verses 21-25).
Some believe the people of Sodom and Gomorrah to be descendants of Canaan.
There's more to that story/ mythology, but that's enough for a post, and it doesn't turn me on.