The Haka! Warriors Reawaken & Flash Mob Dance! In a Mall!

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 4, 2011
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A dance welcoming life and death and the enemy…to reawaken the sun. 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!

Awesome. Yes, literally. Like a shot in the arm of consumption and complacency, the warrior’s cry:

I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. We were on our way home when something odd was happening. This group was doing a Flash Mob – like Haka at Sylvia Par

Via Reddit:

For the uninitiated and/or Americans among us…

This is a Haka, a posture dance performed most famously by the Maori tribes in New Zealand. It’s a traditional thing dating back many years, but is most recognised as the ‘shouting thing the All Blacks (New Zealand rugby team) do before every game’.

This is actually just one kind of Haka (Ka Mate) – there are a variety of different ones, some just for men, some for women, some for both, some for children – and they’re performed for a variety of different reasons. The Peruperu (war Haka) was used to intimidate their opponents before battle by showing their strength and physical prowess to their enemies. Some Hakas are just for entertainment, or used to welcome important or revered guests.

I’ve always found that the interesting thing to watch during a war Haka like this is not so much the movements of the arms and legs, but the facial contortions – men waggle their tongues and open their eyes really wide, and pull crazy faces. All part of the intimidation thing.

Never seen a flash mob Haka before. Awesome.

Source: New Zealand girlfriend, and lifelong love of rugby.


Without a traditional response, the opposing team must feel a bit scared:

A few more, if you (like I) can’t get enough. If you’re a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner, the “lyrics” of the chant might just sound a bit familiar:

Sans rugby!


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “The Haka! Warriors Reawaken & Flash Mob Dance! In a Mall!”

  1. Tama says:

    Love this! Haka is so powerful – love the All-Blacks Hakas, too, especially when the opposing team has a response.

  2. Linda Lewis says:

    Oh I saw this or a very similar dance in New Zealand, in Auckland. Up close and personal it is extremely wakeful! Maori were the last of the wandering Polynesian Pacific island tribes to find a homeland, so were in some ways the most desperate and the least intimidated. Their warrior culture lived in harmony with nature until Captain Cook came and changed all that.

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