A video of teens performing the Haka dance, a traditional dance form of New Zealand’s indigenous Mori people, as they say goodbye to a classmate has gone viral online. Each movement in the video is synchronized with another, and the students seemed to be experts in the ancient dance. The Mori tribe uses this ritual act in different ways and at different times. In popular culture, the Haka is used in rugby as a war dance. The purpose of the dance is to frighten the enemy while also raising morale.
In the digital age, videos of young boys movingly performing a traditional dance have become more popular on social media. The video was re-shared several times and supported comments from users on social media.
“The old ways are profound and powerful,” one user wrote.
“I’ve watched several Haka ceremonies on YouTube and I find them emotional and incredibly sincere. It means respect and love to the recipient for me,” another user commented.
What is the Haka?
The haka, according to Maori, is a war dance or challenge new Zealand. com. Haka is usually performed in a group and represents a display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include stamping the foot, sticking out the tongue, and beating the body rhythmically to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the history of the tribe. Traditionally, the haka was performed when two parties met as part of the customs surrounding encounters.
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