- Feb 28, 2009
DNA Backs a Tribe's Tradition Of Early Descent From the Jews
By NICHOLAS WADE
Published: May 09, 1999
The Lemba, a Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa, have a tradition that they were led out of Judea by a man named Buba. They practice circumcision, keep one day a week holy and avoid eating pork or piglike animals, such as the hippopotamus.
Several groups around the world practice Judaic rites or claim to be descended from biblical tribes without having any ancestral Jewish connection. And there is no Buba in the records of Jewish history.
But the remarkable thing about the Lemba tradition is that it may be exactly right. A team of geneticists has found that many Lemba men carry in their male chromosome a set of DNA sequences that is distinctive of the cohanim, the Jewish priests believed to be the descendants of Aaron. The genetic signature of priests -- a hereditary caste, different from rabbis but with certain ritual roles -- is particularly common among Lemba men who belong to the senior of their 12 groups, known as the Buba clan...
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Some may need a "refresher." ----for some, it may be new knowledge.In the Spirit of Sankofa,
.......Yeah sister cherry, folks here at Destee.com were on this basis of fact early, lol...2004:
Lemba:Black Jews of South Africa/Azania
Question:Blacks in the Bible
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