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Northland girls lead haka against USA in Whangarei

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u/Super-Brka 9d ago Silver Gold Helpful hehehehe Table Slap

Like my wife when I dare to ask for a sandwich

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u/narvolicious 9d ago

😹😹😹 you said with mustard??

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u/Brilliasfbjecdsf 9d ago

I’ve seen the Haka many times on YouTube. I really want a translation of what they are saying sometime.

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u/narvolicious 9d ago Silver All-Seeing Upvote Bravo!

All joking aside, so do I.

From what I understand, in rugby matches, this particular form of haka is a war dance, meant to taunt and intimidate the opponent through the facial contortions and body movements/gestures. I remember watching a short documentary about the haka once, and it said the lyrics/chants were something about freely accepting death and going into battle without fear. But I'm sure it's not a "one dance/chant fits all" thing so these girls could be saying something different.

I get the chills watching the haka being performed. The ritual, the passion, the preservation of age-old traditions and culture... it's amazing how striking it can be even though I have no idea what they're saying. Then again, I'm an outsider, so I may be missing a lot more to it.

As soon as I saw this clip, I knew people were going to scoff at these women for not having the same intensity and/or ferocity as their male counterparts. Yet still, I give them massive respect for paying tribute to the indigenous Maori people and culture. It's a lot more than what can be said about Americans and our acknowledgement and/or tribute to the native american tribes of this land.

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u/ByCrookedSteps781 9d ago Silver Helpful

It's not always taunts or intimidation, many times it can be to say we are sharing this moment, good luck to you or thanks to the earth, sun & the sky also asking ancestors to protect them in battle. At funerals/tangi it can be the same, pouring your wairua/energy into it is a sign of appreciation/respect to those youare speaking to, a call to the gods to help make the transition a safe one.

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u/narvolicious 9d ago

Thanks for the clarification; it's appreciated.

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u/ByCrookedSteps781 9d ago Gold Wholesome

Not a problem & may you have a lovely day.

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u/K-Tanz 9d ago Wholesome

You both stop this kindness AT ONCE!

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u/VonKess 9d ago

Right? I’m feeling “that’s enough internet for today” in a good way for once!

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u/narvolicious 9d ago

Likewise. Cheers! 🍻

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u/ForagerGrikk 9d ago

I dunno, doing this on a soccer field in a language the other team doesn't understand, all the while giving the crazy eyes, doesn't exactly convey "glad we are all hear together sharing this moment".

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u/sloth_hug 9d ago

"glad we are all here together so we can obliterate you in a friendly ballgame"

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u/abcdefkit007 9d ago

May your corpses fertilize our blessed pitch

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u/All_Thread 9d ago

Ukraine is that you?

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u/rocket-engifar 9d ago

It’s cultural perspective. We did a haka to honour a retiring teacher back in highschool/college. Obviously, we weren’t intending to intimidate him. He was very touched and thanked us for the heartfelt haka.

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u/bluesun_geo 9d ago

I love a good haka, no mattah the reason

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u/jdubbrude 9d ago

I think a lot of the New Zealanders who worked on LOTR did one for Viggo Morenson when they wrapped filming. That was definitely a show of respect

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u/NeahG 9d ago

These always make me cry. They are so powerful and moving.

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u/mothermushroomm 9d ago

They ALWAYS make me cry too and not in a mushy “heartwarming” sort of way—it’s very difficult to articulate, but they always overwhelm me emotionally in a very odd, human way. It’s difficult to explain.

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u/GArockcrawler 9d ago

In all seriousness, for anyone who has been on the receiving end of a haka, what do you do? What is customary? Look blank? Look away? Look afraid? Smile? Do it back?

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u/Sponge_Bond 9d ago

In general you stare it down and accept the challenge.

Ironically tonight the Rugby Union Men's team will be playing my country - South Africa - and they will do a Haka too

Generally you grab your teammates by the arm and stare down and accept the challenge.

New Zealand and South Africa are traditionally the biggest rivals in Rugby Union so I would 100% watch some of the Haka challenges over the years.

It's beautiful

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u/bloodymongrel 9d ago

I’ve seen the haka in person a handful of times but never as someone on an opposing sport team like this example. I’ve seen it at a funeral and a birthday party - what I can say it’s that it magnifies your feelings and it’s also ok to exhibit what you’re feeling. It’s so intense that everyone is moved in the moment so no one is judging you for your reaction.

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u/ByCrookedSteps781 9d ago

What the other guy said - just stare back without fear, 99% of Haka is asking "do you come in peace or war?"

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u/whatsamajig 9d ago

No matter what, I get the chills from seeing the Haka. It’s such a cool tradition.

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u/evanbartlett1 9d ago

It’s cool to watch for so many reasons, for sure. Culture, tradition, coordination, the moves…

And the eyes. The EYES! I’m honestly terrified every time I see it. It does its job.

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u/iarecrazyrover 9d ago

This! And yes I also upvoted the comment. The eyes, THE EYES!!!! They kill me every time!

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u/Vamparael 9d ago

Yep, same here.

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u/ConnectRutabaga3925 9d ago

WTH - if my opponent did that, I’d just GTFO of there and forfeit the game

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u/CptnSpandex 9d ago

There was a famous game where the English decided to ban the haka (England were at home). The all blacks rightfully took this as a bit of a sign of disrespect to the culture and did the haka in the dressing room, came out and smashed them both on the field and the scoreboard. There have been several other occasions where opponents have not faced the haka and it seldom works in their favour. Now opposing players look forward to meeting it as a sign that they have reached the peek in their career.

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u/pisspot718 9d ago

I could see doing it in the locker room, sort of secret pre-game ritual of strength and bravery.

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u/JanitorOfAnarchy 9d ago

Nah that looked intense! Giving it their heart and soul! And the Americans were giving it very unconvincing "we're not scared" faces..

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u/Louloubelle0312 9d ago

I don't know, they look pretty intense to me. I'd give them a wide berth.

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u/crazytoothpaste 9d ago

Not scoff . But I am curious for sure.

I didn’t see them distort their faces with sticking out tongues or making facial expressions. And I don’t know what that means

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u/If_in_doubt_sniff 9d ago

From my time in NZ, I was told that both men and women sure the whites of their eyes. Only men stick their tongues out, while women make the down-turned expression with their mouths. You can see this clearly in the video.

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u/narvolicious 9d ago

From what I've read, the poking out of the tongue ("whetero") is to be done by men only. The showing of the whites of the eyes and the facial expressions were there though, although not nearly as "fierce" and intimidating as the average male haka display as New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team.

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u/beavers10 9d ago

I played rugby for years. A U17 team from New Zealand came to Canada on a tour and played our U23 team that was put together from a couple neighbouring clubs. It was insane to stand across from the Haka. Even more insane to watch a 16 year old slot a penalty kick from 45ish metres and send it way through the back. Kid could have hit it from 55-60m.

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u/salfdave 9d ago

From a uk newspaper.

New Zealand traditionally always sang a song called Ka Mate, which is a war cry written in 1820 by a Maori chief Te Rauparaha.

It was first performed by the All Blacks in 1888, but only at away matches until 1986.

The Ka Mate Haka is also performed during high profile funerals or to greet foreign dignitaries.

But in 2005, they came up with a newer version called Kapa O Pango, which is exclusive to the All Blacks rugby team and only performed during certain matches.

Nowadays, whenever New Zealand take to the field, nobody knows which version of the Haka they will sing.

Against South Africa, Read and Perenara led the team in performing Kapa O Pango.

Ka Mate Maori Lyrics

Kikiki! Kakaka! Kauana kei waniwania taku tara kei tarawahia, kei te rua i te kerokero! He pounga rahui te uira ka rarapa ketekete kau ana To peru kairiri mau au e koro e! Hi! Ha! - Ka wehi au ka matakana, ko wai te tangata kia rere ure tirohanga ngā rua rerarera ngā rua kuri kakanui i raro! Aha ha!

Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā Ā, upane! ka upane! Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!

Ka Mate English lyrics

Let your valor rise! Let your valor rage! We’ll ward off these haunting hands while protecting our wives and children! For thee, I defy the lightning bolts of hell while my enemies stand there in confusion! O God – to think I would tremble to a pack of wolves seeing fear, or running away, because they would surely fall in the pit of shame as food for the hounds who chow down in delight! Oh, what in the name…?

'Tis death! 'tis death! (or: I may die) ’Tis life! ‘tis life! (or: I may live) ’Tis death! ‘tis death! ’Tis life! ‘tis life! This is the hairy man Who summons the sun and makes it shine A step upward, another step upward! A step upward, another... the Sun shines!

Captain Kieran Read led the Haka with TJ Perenara against South Africa at the Rugby World Cup Captain Kieran Read led the Haka with TJ Perenara against South Africa at the Rugby World CupCredit: Getty Images - Getty Kapa O Pango Maori lyrics

Kapa o pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau!

Hi aue, hi! Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei!

Au, au, aue ha!

Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei!

Au, au, aue ha!

I ahaha!

Ka tu te ihiihi

Ka tu te wanawana

Ki runga ki te rangi e tu iho nei, tu iho nei, hi!

Ponga ra!

Kapa o Pango, aue hi!

Ponga ra!

Kapa o Pango, aue hi!

Kapa O Pango English lyrics

Let me go back to my first gasp of breath

It is New Zealand that thunders now

And it is my time! It is my moment!

The passion ignites! This defines us as the All Blacks

And it is my time! It is my moment!

The anticipation explodes!

Feel the power

Our dominance rises

Our supremacy emerges To be placed on high

Silver Fern!

All Blacks!

Silver Fern!

All Blacks!

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u/jackfreeman 9d ago

"Fuck around and find out"

-them

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u/MamaBear4485 9d ago edited 9d ago

There are numerous haka, each of which tells its own song or story. Therefore each one would be translated as an individual one.

To others the female Māori performing this beautiful traditional challenge may not seem as intimidating as the males, but trust me anyone physically on the field with these warrior women would have a better sense of their pride, power and purpose. Not to mention their physical strength. Growing up in NZ as a small pasty pale redhead I can attest first hand to the terror you’ll feel on any playing field or court when one of these ladies come for you.

From my perspective having participated in and seen many Māori culture events, these women look strong, focused and very proud of who they are. I’ve often been asked if “everyone” was “allowed” to participate and honestly the first time I was asked this it blew my mind. It never occurred to me that non-Māori would not be welcome lol. Nowhere is perfect, including my beloved homeland, my Aotearoa, New Zealand. But I have never felt less than welcome or less than proud of this part of my heart, my culture, my home. Regardless of gender, appearance, height, weight etc. we are the Tangata Whenua o Aotearoa, the people of the land of the long white cloud.

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u/ZookeepergameNo2819 9d ago

We’re going to beat you then kill you! Good luck mate.

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u/KumquatHaderach 9d ago

Seems like that should be a yellow card.

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u/Ciberdream 9d ago

Now I scared to tell my wife that soup is not salty enough

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u/KwordShmiff 9d ago

Season it with your tears, mere mortal.

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u/Phantom_Absolute 9d ago

Hmm yes, women bad amirite guys?

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u/Tigrius39 9d ago

But you don't even have a wife.

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u/Paladin_Aranaos 9d ago

It's a New Zealand Maori tradition. I ain't gonna knock it. Personally I can respect someone willing to go to that effort to welcoming me as an opponent in sports

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u/DontDickPicMe 9d ago

Right? My goofy ass would be smiling in awe at it.

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u/LaserCondiment 9d ago

I was thinking the same thing. It's such a cool tradition!

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u/First-Celebration-11 9d ago

Absolutely! I get goosebumps watching these

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u/ThePagePlug 9d ago

can confirm currently have goosebumps.

I would be hype AF.

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u/CherryBlaster75 9d ago

Lol, welcome them. It was used in their tribes before they killed one another.

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u/HumbleGhandi 9d ago

"To most people, the haka is a war dance. This is understandable as many have seen the haka performed as a pre-battle challenge to their opposition.

But the word "haka" simply means a dance, or a song accompanied by dance. While they are the correct terms to associate with the haka, they do not do justice to the life force, the actions, words, rhythm, themes, meaning, style or history that are the haka.

While there are many variations between the types of war dance the common feature is that they are all performed with weapons.

In pre-European and early contact times, the haka was used as a part of the formal process when two parties came together.

Succinctly put, there was a challenge from the tangata whenua or tribe from that area, followed by a response from the manuhiri or visiting party.

The encounter concluded with a tangata whenua performing a haka peruperu. The visitors would then respond with their own haka. Following speeches by both parties, they each moved together to hongi, the traditional greeting of pressing noses.

The elaborate form of the traditional challenge is not often seen these days. It is largely reserved for special occasions such as visits by senior dignitaries. However, the principles that underpin the traditional rituals are still retained in a modern form."

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u/Misaki88 9d ago

They also, usually ate some of their fallen enemies and made snazzy items out of them. The Maori "I will kill you and eat you." (shivers thinking about it) I would certainly call that pretty intimidating. I sure as hell don't want to be anyones sushi ;-;

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u/yeethadist 9d ago

I thought I would to, but it’s genuinely terrifying. Especially when you’re opposite number is 120 kilos at 17 and built like a brick shit house

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u/minneapple79 9d ago

College football teams from states like Utah and Hawaii do the haka sometimes (they have lots of players of Maori heritage), it’s quite impressive and intimidating when you see the large linemen do it.

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u/Hephaistos_Invictus 9d ago

It's just such an awesome cultural tradition! How cool would it be if there was more stuff like this out there!

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago edited 9d ago

As a kiwi, “welcome” is used rather flexibly here lol a powhiri is a welcome to the tribes marae etc, a haka is a war dance (and can be for respect, but that’s not what it is before a rugby match), and “pukana” (not sure if you see it much here but it’s when women frown with a stare that will eat your soul and men will stick their tongue out and down) and it’s the equivalent of “once I kill you, I’m gonna eat you”.

Ps I went to PNBHS the NZ school that’s gone viral a few times for our haka, the two big ones are in the hall and one for Mr Tamatea when he passed away.

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u/xilog 9d ago

I've seen both of those many times. For some reason they resonate very, very powerfully in me. The raw emotion expressed in a (sort of) controlled fashion is overwhelming.

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

That makes me so proud; Just for some extra context, when you see the video of the haka in the school hall, you have the year 11 kids closest to you (only 3rd year at high school, so little kids basically) year 9 is on the other side of the aisle(so everyone close to the camera is young , and not even half as powerful as the older guys) so if you want to really feel it, watch the people up the back on the mezzanine, they’re the seniors and by the time you’ve been there that long the pride is palpable.

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u/xilog 9d ago

I've got to be honest, the first time I saw the school hall one I felt sure the balcony was coming down!

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago edited 9d ago

Damn near!

Just because I’m way too proud, this is another one I think people should see, it’s prize giving, so one of the very last hakas a lot of these guys will do with PNBHS

https://youtu.be/4sPbo4Lz2Hg

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u/notadreamafterall 9d ago

Curious, what is the appropriate response when you are on the “receiving end” of a haka? Stand there stoically? Serious throughout? Smile in appreciation? Clap at the end? Or does it maybe depend on the situation of the haka?

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

It depends on the sentiment for sure, in this case they’re saying they’re going to fuck you up, so stoic/serious would be appropriate. There was one time the Irish rugby team tried to out-tough the all blacks mid-haka, it didn’t go well for them lol

Having said that, they can also be a sign of respect in which case, if you’re ever lucky enough to be on the receiving end of that, you’re more than welcome to sob like a child lol you’ve seen the amount of passion that can be conveyed so imagine all of that directed at you because you’re worth it and these people care THAT much. (The send-off for Mr Tamatea is a good example of this respectful kind, but don’t expect quiet and subdued lol)

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u/notadreamafterall 9d ago

Great info, thank you! Have always wondered.

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u/AnimeDeamon 9d ago

I think there's a semi-famous video among Lord of the Rings fans of the Maori crew who played a lot of the orcs, extras and crew in general doing a Haka for Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) who was well liked on set. He gets pretty emotional as that was meant for respect, especially as he played the king.

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u/danny_O117 9d ago

If this was my opponent in any sport, I'd just go home

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u/NerdModeCinci 9d ago

“How was the match?”

“Terrifying”

“They were that good??”

“Didn’t stick around to find out”

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

“I pee’d a little and left, but it sounded AWESOME from outside”

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u/7dipity 9d ago

I’ve seen the New Zealand mens team play and their haka was terrifying. If I had to play against them I would run away crying

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u/ace1oak 9d ago

if i ever visit NZ (hopefully one day) i will definitely try to go to a sporting event to see this live

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u/Weak_Jeweler3077 9d ago

Went to Rotuarua (spelling?) where the thermal springs are. Big tourist cultural park there. Got the tour, got dragged up on stage with a few other volunteers to do the haka.

Tried to enjoy the experience, but I'm an introvert and suck at walking in a straight line, let alone dancing, so it was a tough gig. Watching them up close though, they really throw themselves into it. If they were angry, not there to entertain, it'd be a whole new level of intimidation!

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u/Cabride2 9d ago

Spelling is Rotorua - from my limited experience roto is lake and rua is two, so it could mean two lakes?

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u/Z0OMIES 9d ago

I’d recommend seeing the all blacks do this in Wellington, something about that stadium, affectionately called “The cake tin”, makes you feel it in your fucking bones

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u/Izzvzual 9d ago

Its not meant to "welcome" the opponent, its meant to intimidate them.

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u/Mo0kish 9d ago

Was really hoping the US would counter with a dance routine.

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u/craggmac 9d ago Crab Rave

Hahaha They bust out with the fuckin' Cotton Eye Joe!

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u/MachineSimulation 9d ago Silver

Or they buss out a Glock and everyone gets real quiet

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u/roy-rodgers 9d ago

Carful jamaul, don’t pull out the 9

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u/Black2Jesus 9d ago

Or some twerking song

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u/BuffaloWhip 9d ago

Bust out the Macarena

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u/AnotherAnimeNerd 9d ago

Chicken dance?

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u/why0me 9d ago

On roller skates, aggressively

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u/Tszemix 9d ago

Twerk?

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u/Montaigne314 9d ago

American counter

Well we can make a TikTok

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u/littledipper69 9d ago edited 5d ago

They should’ve just started clapping with the crowd after

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u/dr_xenon 9d ago

The other team waiting awkwardly & patiently like you do when people are singing Happy Birthday to you.

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u/Crows-b4-hoes 9d ago

The looks on their faces "okay, you done? Can we play now?"

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u/racooncubbler 9d ago

I read the look more as “I must break you” Rocky style.

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u/couchumina 9d ago

It actually gives the NZ team a advantage .the opposition team is standing still cooling down right before kick off .the NZ team is getting pumped up .there is a good doco about the haka that shows this

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u/cheezesandwiches 9d ago

My thoughts exactly lol

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u/sexbuhbombdotcom 9d ago All-Seeing Upvote

The mixture of racism and sexism in these comments is pure reddit

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u/SilverSpotter 9d ago

Most of the comments I've seen seem to be wondering who won, stating Haka videos are posted too often, and feeling bad for the other team for waiting through all of that.

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u/tnahrp 9d ago

It's under 2 minutes I think we can all cope mate

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u/mycak2000 9d ago

I know man. shit we have to wait a minute and a half for the national anthem in all US games.

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u/lolokaybud8 9d ago

bruh this is literally the most pro’whatever this is’ space you’re gonna find online. whenever people call reddit sexist or racist it boggles me because i’m like “COMPARED TO WHAT THOUGH??” it’s a walled off little garden where the racist and sexist comments are pretty much instantly downvotes or removed. you know on other websites that allow more freedom i speech you would have folks liking those comments and agreeing with them in much larger numbers than on here.

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u/Hopeful-Discipline41 9d ago

I am amazed at how well you put that statement

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u/Infamous_Olive 9d ago

the comments I've seen are pretty positive and impressed, ig you just found a bad bunch

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u/squirrel8011 9d ago Gold

The 30 fans there were probably so amped up after this

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u/GixxerUT 9d ago

thanks for making it not a total loss wading through comments on this one LOL

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u/MedicIRL 9d ago

After all that they lost 10-0.

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u/Mclovine_aus 9d ago

Womens rugby is quite popular, there is no way only 30 people would be watching.

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u/Frequent-Bag-3799 9d ago Spit-take

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u/Pindunderjheep-37 9d ago

😂😂😂

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u/politely_realistic 9d ago

This is the perfect Gif for this

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u/mncyclone84 9d ago All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy I'll Drink to That

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m definitely over the haka videos.

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u/rmuesi 9d ago

Yeah. Can’t wait till the New Zealand chess club starts doing it

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u/Archonrouge 9d ago

I have a solution for you, it's really easy. Just don't watch them! 🙃

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u/CharlieFromNz 9d ago

From New Zealand, I agree. In sport, anyway. When greeting / sati my goodbye to a loved one or accepting another, it can be quite powerful.

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u/Serious-Helicopter53 9d ago

Ohh yes I remember watching a video on a bunch of students doing the haka for their teacher's last day in school. It was surreal yet very touching

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u/Anojfriend 9d ago

I think it’s right for rugby.

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u/Onerom11 9d ago Take My Energy

I have always found them cringy.

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u/No-Count1921 9d ago

I actually find it sad.

North America loves posting these videos. We completely ignores the entire First Nation, and the amazing dance and tradition we already have right here at home.

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u/Onerom11 9d ago

Ooh good point.

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u/arealmcemcee 9d ago

If the USA did something similar it would be 3 days before we got through all the traditional war cries.

Good on New Zealand for helping and sponsoring the comeback of their Maori traditions.

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u/GodofAeons 9d ago

To be fair in America it's common to do the national anthem and a prayer/moment of silence.

Figured this isnt bad at all

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u/erobertt3 9d ago

What do you mean? What traditional US war cries are there?

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u/Zesty__Potato 9d ago

Oh say can you seeeeeee by the....

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u/receptionok2444 9d ago

Don’t forget some gunfire after.

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u/Siriuxx 9d ago

I mean, its cool and all but how is this next level?

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u/pigtown-blues 9d ago Wholesome

They must practice in a basement

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u/No_Cauliflower3541 9d ago

Underrated comment my friend

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u/Aggravating_Class_17 9d ago All-Seeing Upvote

It's even better the 417th time you see it

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u/Responsible-Pay-2389 9d ago

I don't get the obsession reddit posters have with it tbh. I see it multiple times a week and it's the same thing every time.

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u/GingerMau 9d ago

NZ knows how to do post-colonial multiculturalism.

When I taught in an Asian country, all my NZ students took pride in the native culture of their land, whether they were white, Maori, or mixed background.

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u/SAR_and_Shitposts 9d ago

I wish we could do the same in the USA, but it seems that everyone would have issues with it for different reasons

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u/vitrucid 9d ago

"Cultural appropriation" because apparently letting a culture slowly suffocate and die under another is better than preserving it if you're the wrong ethnicity.

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u/SAR_and_Shitposts 9d ago

Yeah, there’s this weird dichotomy of “we need to celebrate diversity” and cultural gatekeeping.

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u/vitrucid 9d ago

It's like "celebrate without ever partaking even if invited because we know better than the people who are part of that culture." It really rubs me the wrong way.

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u/Wedgar180 9d ago

There's a difference between continuing a tradition or cultural practice, and adopting it and pretending that it is theirs. Therefore, cultural appropriation is when you steal a tradition/piece of culture (probably bastardize it) and give no mind or recognition to where it came from, thereby eroding it's memory, and presenting something as if it's always been yours.

I admit, it's a fine line and it takes a lot of understanding to appreciate how and why cultural appropriation is bad, but assuredly, it's not good.

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u/ElegantOstrich 9d ago

Barely, lots of Maori adults were beaten in school a kids for speaking Maori. NZ cultural acceptance isn't as good a advertised.

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u/jojodmilkman 9d ago

Did they win?

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u/jojodmilkman 9d ago

And since Haka is them taunting the other team would it really be considered “rude” if the other team started laughing at the haka?

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u/ThiccBananaMeat 9d ago

Is it taunting? I thought it was a sign of respect?

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u/Renatoliu 9d ago

Not exactly... The origin is a kind of "pre battle intimidation", just like stomping feet or clashing shields.

I wouldn't be happy to charge at the Maori warriors after this kind of display. XD

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u/Prophet_S 9d ago

Eh the modern meaning of the haka is usually a sign of respect, haven't you seen videos of them doing it at funerals, when celebrity guests arrive, weddings, etc.

https://youtu.be/rOlQPOSu7SY

https://youtu.be/ej_lp0ZwckY

https://youtu.be/yr1a7CtqpvA

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u/gamingwithreddit 9d ago

No it’s there are many different types of Haka but none of them are taunting. Usually they’re a prayer of some kind or a call to honour there ancestors

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u/Catfrogdog2 9d ago

Yes, there are many types but I don’t believe it’s ever considered a prayer

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u/Jenna_84 9d ago

Yes, 50-6

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u/Lafenear 9d ago

Yes, 43 - 6. They’re called The Black Ferns. I remember when the NZ mens basketball team did the haka, against the US men’s basketball team. The US crushed them.

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u/yemeson 9d ago

You gonna mention the New Zealand basketball team and not talk about them being called the Tall Blacks? That’s the best part!

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u/Nooms88 9d ago

Did new Zealand beat the USA at rugby?

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u/Aidernz 9d ago edited 9d ago

Yes. 50-6. Most teams beat the USA at rugby.

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u/Etspotcast 9d ago

I didn’t even know the US had a rugby team.

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u/radj06 9d ago

And New Zealand beats most teams too. When an unstoppable force meats meets an easily movable force

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u/ReferenceUnusual 9d ago

Just kick the ball already

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u/Cletus989 9d ago

Jazz hands

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u/Blasket_Basket 9d ago

Anyone else sick of these Haka videos? Who gives a shit? If you've seen one, you've pretty much seen all of them.

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u/two_egg 9d ago

I personally am not. Not being a part of the Māori culture myself, I really enjoy seeing this distinct expression of emotion. I’ve also never seen a women-led haka so I thought this was really cool!

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u/Kitkittykit 9d ago

I love how it's a haka for wahine Māori, emotive and elegant. I wonder what the name is as I'd love to learn it.

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u/wikipedianredditor 9d ago

Every day is someone’s first day seeing a haka video.

(Today is mine!)

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u/Triette 9d ago

Not me, I love them and appreciate people sharing and upholding their cultural traditions. Too many tribal traditions are being forgotten and lost. If you don’t like it, keep scrolling.

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u/TheDevilsCunt 9d ago

Then don’t watch them???

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u/ForgingFires 9d ago

So at this point everyone in the comments knows this is a Haka. What you may not know is that it is seen as cowardly for the opposing to team to look away, laugh or joke at it, or take even a step back from the team performing a Haka. This is why the US team is standing in a line watching them.

In cases where both teams perform a Haka, they will often advance upon each other until they are feet apart.

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u/diggemigre 9d ago

Is it cowardly to pretend to ride horses while someone claps a coconut together?

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u/BaneRiders 9d ago

I love the Haka, this is effing awesome!!

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u/sabartooth14 9d ago

Isnt this supposed to be intimidating? It looks like a Disney on ice play, but on a soccer field

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u/why0me 9d ago

Well the OG war haka was performed by all dudes, who were traditionally sporting erections while doing it

I'm pretty sure 1000 guys doing it all at once with boners while promising to eat you after they kill you was pretty fucking scary

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u/LikesYouProne 9d ago

"quick! Jerk off real quick! Some of you aren't hard on cue!"

" Everyone hold on, Tim is going soft!"

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u/Geisterabteilung 9d ago

they don’t really do much of exaggerating movement of the legs and hands

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u/Shoddy-Departure6434 9d ago

Kiwis own best pregame ritual...anywhere for any sport

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u/Call_911 9d ago

The element of surprise of the Haka ritual is not there anymore. I think they overuse it. The opposition teams seem bored about that. "Ok do your song and let's play rugby."

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u/fadeux 9d ago

Well, I don't think they are doing it to surprise the opposing team. I think they do it to spike up their own spirit, fuck the other side.

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u/drakken_dude 9d ago

I love that this part of a native culture was not erased instead melded into modern culture.

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u/shawzamz 9d ago

I dun know why i find this haka stuff really annoying, especially how social media tries to potray it as something really extraordinary.

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u/Historical_Oven_2413 9d ago

They lost the match so all this circus didn't do them any good.

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u/Jenna_84 9d ago

They won 50-6

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u/Aidernz 9d ago

Wtf game were you watching? Makes you look really stupid when you say things like this. NZ won 50-6.

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u/YEET_Fenix123 9d ago

That "circus" is national tradition

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u/Snoo_72280 9d ago

I’ve seen the Haka many times on YouTube. I really want a translation of what they are saying sometime.

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u/fetchit 9d ago

Depends which haka. There are many. Ka mate, the most famous haka is about a guy hiding in a food storage pit. From memory it goes “It is death, it is death, it is life, it is life”. It’s about a guy hiding from a rival tribe, wondering if he will be found by friend or foe.

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u/Intelligent-Ad4229 9d ago

This is cool and all but I feel like now you HAVE to win the game. Imagine making that kind of commitment just to get spanked on that field. I would do this at the end of a win as opposed to the beginning of every game.

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u/aokaf 9d ago

Whenever i see this or the similar Icelandic viking clap i always remember that scene from Indiana Jones where the guy with sword gets shot

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u/Jchap25 9d ago

This honestly isn’t even a little bit intimidating they just look like they’re doing a choreographed dance where half the people are really terrible at dancing.

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u/illustratoriusRex 9d ago

This stuff is silly....Just play the game.

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u/Critical_Sweet_3734 9d ago

WU HAHA OO EE OOH LEE HA

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u/NathanJip 9d ago

Trying to figure out who the biggest racist is in this comment thread is todays new puzzle. Probably ol’ mate Critical_sweet though, mocking a native language with absolute gibberish is peak idiot. Then again, might just be the way they normally communicate…

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u/Sweet-Calendar-412 9d ago

Awesome! Im glad some teams are keeping these tradition alive ~~~

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u/mehoff88 9d ago

How could you not laugh while they do this?

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u/Phantom_Galaxy07 9d ago edited 9d ago

because there’s this little thing called respect?

and also most people aren’t as immature as you

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u/two_egg 9d ago

Probably because one of the historical reasons for haka performances is to welcome distinguished guests. You can’t really help how you react to something internally, but the USA team has enough self-control to recognize that it’s a welcome and sharing of their culture, and to not laugh in their face.

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u/CopyGFX 9d ago

Holy shit it’s weird to see Whangarei on the front page of Reddit - churrrr!

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u/ss4223 9d ago

I just see the opposition women trying to hold a chuckle in....

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u/degree_35 9d ago

Lol how can you glean that from a few seconds of two individuals?

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u/therealpoltic 9d ago

We have to love world culture. I think this is great.

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u/thereAndFapAgain 9d ago

Just doesn't hit the same with women.

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u/aquabarron 9d ago

It was the footwork, they all kinda shuffled around like they were doing the luau, they needed to be stomping and leaning into those stomps. The faces were good, but didn’t have the body energy to match

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u/HedgehogFarts 9d ago

The traditional haka is actually performed differently by women with a more upright posture, half lifting feet up, etc. would be cool to see them go all out but they followed tradition.

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u/annonythrows 9d ago

I can never take this dance or idk what you call it seriously. It’s just hilarious

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u/Murphyitsnotyou 9d ago

I love the haka. Such an awesome tradition.

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u/TangeloOk668 9d ago

Personally, I just find this really goofy. I understand it’s cultural.. but sometimes cultural stuff is just goofy.

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u/-Seizure__Salad- 9d ago

Just read up on the haka and apparently it isn’t really a war dance as many people think. It was and is performed to welcome important dignitaries, at funerals as a sign of respect for the dead, etc. The dance itself is apparently a celebration of life.

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u/blingybangbang 9d ago

Can the other team just turn around or go get a drink or something? Why are they forced to watch, seems weird

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u/gethighsurvivethelie 9d ago

That's some powerful shit man