The whole Maori thing intrigued me. I love learning about different people online. What I'm reading so far is pretty cool.
I bet you didn't know Don Rickles, Gene Wilder, and Lionel Ritchie were Maori too?
(Sorry when I saw this picture it was too good to pass by)
<sigh> Hot Lips, do a search on Youtube for Haka.
It is the traditional Maori challenge to combat, the All Blacks rugby team perform it most games.
It is not something to make fun of. It is in some senses a religious ritual, designed to conjure the spirits of ancestors both to witness the contest and strengthen the combatant.
It is not just the Maori who have this ritual. Many animist cultures do. Especially in the Pacific Islands.
When the Haka is done properly it can be very frightening and menacing. It always sends a shiver down my spine when i hear it.
When the Haka is done properly it can be very frightening and menacing.