An interesting topic came up in my theology class. There are a few verses in Genesis I would like you to turn your attention to.
Apparently after the flood had taken place Noah had a successful harvest of grapes. The bible depicts Noahs reaction as shocked and angry. The question is, why was Noah so angry, and why did he place a curse on Ham? Surely there must be something deeper here. The exact reasons are vague, and there is not much detail to work with, so this passage is somewhat of a mystery today. Some scholars say that Noah must have felt disrespected when Ham told his brothers, the assumtion here is that Ham said something along the lines of "Hey look guys, Dad is laying on the floor naked and drunk, hahaha, no more booz for him." Ham may have been cursed for mocking or humilating his father. It makes note that his other brothers were not cursed because they showed compassion by covering him up.And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
Gen 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Gen 9:23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
Gen 9:24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Gen 9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Other scholars look even deeper. If you look it says Noah was upset "at what he had done." It is believed that Ham may have actually sexually exploited his father. Whether this is intercourse or something as simple as being fondled I am not sure. Also notice that the passage says "And Ham looked upon his father's nakedness." This is somewhat suspicious. The usual reaction when you walk on someone naked is "Ah, good God, my eyes!" you slam the door and walk away. If you walked in on your mom and dad naked, your probably not going to stare and look, that might be the case with younger children because of their innocence, but here it is likely that his sons are grown adults or at least adolescent. So when it says "looked" that has strong sexual implications. Also notice that according to the bible the descendants of Ham make up the population of Sodom and Gomorrah which were both completely destroyed because of homosexual behavior.
So what happened here? Why is Noah so angry? What were Ham's actions?
Since how this is such a narrow topic in religous studies, I couldn't find much sources.
Here is what I did find though.