Haka – Did You Know…

… That the Haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.

War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.

The New Zealand sports teams’ practice of performing a haka before their international matches has made the haka more widely known around the world. This tradition began with the 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team tour and has been carried on by the New Zealand rugby team since 1905.

I came across this funny advertising, using the Haka. Hope you enjoy as well 😉

9 thoughts on “Haka – Did You Know…

  1. First, I did not know that term. And second, we had a similar “war cry” before our band went out to perform. It was a similar sound made with all the vowels 😀 Good fun!

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  2. Ahh… a good old Haka to get everyone fired up 🙂 I think it was the English ruggers who tried to parody it to make it less intimidating… the Hakarena (Macarena). They still lost.

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