Sunday, February 8, 2015

Peek of the week 7 - the Haka

This week's "peek" takes a look at the "haka". The Haka is a traditional type of Maori war dance performed at various ceremonial get-togethers in New Zealand. From the beginning, the tribes made use of them as moral-boosting chants before going to battle. 

During the last decades it has popped up in other contexts and today the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks, has become famous for performing a traditional Haka at the beginning of their games. Quite intimidating for the opposing team, I guess... 

The lyrics to a traditional haka you can find below the video...

(Lyrics source: BBC )

Ringa pakia
(Slap the hands against the thighs)
Uma tiraha
(Puff out the chest)
Turi whatia
(Bend the knees)
Hope whai ake
(Let the hip follow)
Waewae takahia kia kino
(Stamp the feet as hard as you can)
Ka mate! Ka mate!
(It is death!, It is death!) 
Ka ora! Ka ora!
(It is life!, It is life!) 
Ka mate! Ka mate!
(It is death! It is death!) 
Ka ora! Ka ora!
(It is life! It is life!) 
Tenei Te Tangata Puhuru huru
(This is the hairy man) 
Nana nei tiki mai 
(Who fetched the sun) 
Whakawhiti te ra
(And caused to shine again) 
A upa ne ka up ane
(One upward step, another upward step) 
Upane, Kaupane
(An upward step) 
Whiti te ra
(The sun shines!)

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