The Haka

History:

The haka is a pre-game ritual dance done by the New Zealand All Blacks, first performed before an international rugby fixture by the New Zealand Native Team in 1888. The haka plays an integral role in physically and mentally preparing All Black teams for battle. The chant was originally sang  to prepare for a war battle with the enemy, or as the group of warriors were leaving for battle. the nature of the song sparked a  frenzy among the war party.

All Black haka - click for more.

The pregame leader:

The song is sung by a leader who is chosen before the game by the team members, depending on how the team is feeling, and who their opponents are. This is done in respect to the opponent.

The Words:

Haka

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 Puhuruhuru

This is the hairy man

Nana i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra

Who caused the sun to shine again for me

Upane             Upane

Up the ladder            Up the ladder

Upane            Kaupane

Up to the top

Whiti te ra

The sun shines!

Video:

http://www.newzealand.com/travel/en/media/features/maori-culture/maori-culture_all-black-haka_feature.cfm

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