Sarah Baartman

1788 - 1815

Sarah Baartman

Sara Baartman (Afrikaans: [ˈsɑːra ˈbɑːrtman]; also spelled Sarah, sometimes in the diminutive form Saartje ([ˈsɑːrtʃi]), or Saartjie and Bartman, Bartmann; 1789 – 29 December 1815) was the best known of at least two South African Khoikhoi women who, due to the European objectification of their buttocks, were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus—"Hottentot" was the name for the Khoi people, now considered an offensive term, and "Venus" referred to the Roman goddess of love and fertility. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sarah Baartman has received more than 2,357,885 page views. Her biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 344th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Sarah Baartman ranks 344 out of 2,001Before her are Pope Sylvester III, Pope Boniface III, Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib, Pope Sabinian, Al-Mansur, and Saint Apollonia. After her are Pope Telesphorus, Pope Leo II, Thomas à Kempis, Hosea, Pope John VII, and Pope John IV.

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Among people born in 1788, Sarah Baartman ranks 3Before her are Arthur Schopenhauer and Lord Byron. After her are Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Robert Peel, Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Antoine César Becquerel, Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, Princess Wilhelmine of Baden, and Ranavalona I. Among people deceased in 1815, Sarah Baartman ranks 5Before her are Joachim Murat, Michel Ney, Robert Fulton, and Franz Mesmer. After her are Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Guillaume Brune, Jan Potocki, Emma, Lady Hamilton, Carsten Niebuhr, 9th Dalai Lama, and José María Morelos.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Sarah Baartman ranks 6 out of 220Before her are Nelson Mandela (1918), J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), and Nadine Gordimer (1923). After her are F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), Miriam Makeba (1932), Elon Musk (1971), and Paul Kruger (1825).


Among religious figures born in South Africa, Sarah Baartman ranks 1After her are Desmond Tutu (1931) and Wilfrid Napier (1941).

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