Charles Gabriel Seligman  

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Charles Gabriel Seligman (24 December 1873 – 19 September 1940) was a British physician and ethnologist. His main ethnographic work described the culture of the Vedda people of Sri Lanka and the Shilluk people of the Sudan. He was a Professor at London School of Economics and was highly influential as the teacher of such notable anthropologists as Bronisław Malinowski, E. E. Evans-Pritchard and Meyer Fortes all of whose work overshadowed his own. He was a proponent of the Hamitic hypothesis, according to which, some civilizations of Africa were thought to have been founded by Caucasoid Hamitic peoples.

Selected works

  • Melanesians of British New Guinea (1910)
  • The Veddas (1911)
  • Some Aspects of the Hamitic Problem in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (1913)
  • Races of Africa (1930, 1939,1957,1966)
  • The Pagan Tribes of Nilotic Sudan (1932)




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