Funeral haka

Posted: October 2, 2012 in Art, Miscellaneous
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On my husband’s birthday, I posted a video of the haka the New Zealand All-Blacks perform prior to a rugby game to psych up, as well as intimidate their opponents, (  It’s impressive and, yes, intimidating. Then some weeks ago, Michael Yon posted this video on Facebook, showing a haka performed by hundreds of troops at Burnham Military Camp near Christchurch, New Zealond for three fallen comrades.  This is a Maori funeral Haka.  Take the time to watch.  It’s very moving.

Here’s what Yon says about the Haka:

“Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit’s parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.

“Haka –sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be ‘free style.’ Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.”

  1. billgncs says:

    these are men who live!

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