A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Traditional – HAKA

Haka is a traditional ancestral Moari war dance.  It is a posture dance performed by a group with vigorous movements, an expression of the passion, vigour and identity of the race. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant.

Haka is not merely a past time of the Maori but was also a custom of high social importance in the welcoming and entertainment of visitors.  The New Zealand rugby team’s practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.  The All Blacks perform the haka with precision and intensity which underpin the All Black approach.

 

The word this week is TRADITIONAL as posted by Sue Llewellyn of ‘A Word in your Ear’.

 

Proudly introducing the Haka, a true New Zealand tradition.

The New Zealand national rugby union team ritualistically precede games with the ka mata haka, a traditional Maori dance. Image credit : Theatre Room Asia

The New Zealand national rugby union team ritualistically precede games with the ka mata haka, a traditional Maori dance.
Image credit : Theatre Room Asia

The All Blacks perform the Haka during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (November 23, 2013 - Source: David Rogers/Getty Images Europe)

The All Blacks perform the Haka during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
(November 23, 2013 – Source: David Rogers/Getty Images Europe)

 

 

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