A Semite: "From modern Latin Semita, via late Latin from Greek Sem 'Shem", son of Noah in the Bible, from whom these peoples were traditionally supposed to be descended."
“The term came to include Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, Hebrews, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes. Mesopotamia, the western coast of the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Horn of Africa, have all been proposed as possible sites for the prehistoric origins of Semitic-speaking peoples, but no location has been definitively established.
"By 2500 BCE Semitic-speaking peoples had become widely dispersed throughout western Asia. In Phoenicia they became seafarers. In Mesopotamia they blended with the civilization of Sumer. The Hebrews settled with other Semitic-speaking peoples in Palestine.” - Encyclopedia Britannica
There were 2.2 billion Christians (32% of the world's population), 1.6 billion Muslims (23%), 1 billion Hindus (15%), nearly 500 million Buddhists (7%), 400 million people (6%)
that practice African, Chinese, and other folk religions, approximately 58 million people (less than 1%) that belong to other religions (Baha'i, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Tenrikyo, Wicca, and Zoroastrianism, etc.), and 14 million Jews (0.2%) on the planet in 2010. - Pew Research Center/ edited 5-19
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