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Sabteca (Hebrew: סבתכא, Saḇtekā‘; "Name means::striking") was the fifth son of Cush, according to Genesis 10:7 .


The descendants of Sabteca were identified by Josephus as the Sabactens.[1] They appear to have settled in south Arabia, the modern Yemen.

There is a Dravidian tribe in the Nilgiris district of the state of Tamil Nadu in India called the Todas, and another in northern Borneo called the Tegos. The Todas "differ remarkably" in physical appearance to the average southern Indian according to a definitive work on The Todas - they are not only lighter in skin colour (a rich brown complexion) but, also do not have as broad a nose. They are so famous for their cattle cult that anthropologist Carleton S. Coon compares their cattle culture with that of the East Africans.

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  1. Josephus, Antiquities 1:6:2

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