Intimidating rugby chants
In the days since, she has repeatedly watched videos of the haka performances staged in response to the massacre, welling up each time."Because you can feel it when you see them. Every time I see it I cry, it means too much,” she said.According to Maori legend, the haka originated at the beginning of time as a gift from Tanerore, the son of Tama-nuira, the sun god.Mana stands at the foundations of the Polynesian worldview, implying influence, authority and the ability to perform in any given situation through supernatural force, and anyone possessing it to be respected accordingly.But mana has many faces, it could be your aura, your charisma, or the way that you prove your point.One should admit, the apparent fierceness of this eye-rolling, tongue flicking war dance is a very impressive display of pride, strength and tribal unity; Actions include forceful foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant: Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru: This is the hairy man Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā: Who brought the sun and caused it to shineĀ, upane! In 2009, the Maori Ngati Toa tribe in North New Zealand officially gained intellectual ownership over the Haka.For Ngati Moa elders this is a very important victory, as the Ka Mate Haka is one of many haka’s and not just a battle cry, it is in the broadest sense used to attain and sustain tribal , a belief that is vital to Maori tradition and spirituality.The aggressive ritual and threatening histrionics may seem out of step with the sombre atmosphere gripping the nation after Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian and avowed white supremacist, allegedly gunned down 50 Muslims during prayers last Friday.But the haka is not only meant to intimidate, but also to mourn, melding both hostility and beauty into an outpouring of true emotion, said Te Kahautu Maxwell, a professor of Maori at Waikato University."Haka is used for death and mourning.
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As the crowds fill Aloha Stadium on game day, a silence rolls across the fans in wait. In unison, they begin to chant and hold their stance; their eyes widening and tongues revealing themselves.