The haka (plural haka, as in Māori, so in English) is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.
The New Zealand sports teams' practice of performing a haka before their international matches has made the haka more widely known around the world. This tradition began with the 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team tour and has been carried on by the New Zealand rugby team since 1905.
Haka is a traditional Māori dance.
Haka can also refer to:
- Haka of Oahu, 7th Alii Aimoku of Oahu
- Haka of the All Blacks, pre-game challenge of the All Blacks rugby team
- Kapa haka, a contemporary Māori performance style
- Ka Mate, a traditional haka in its Māori cultural context
- Haka dance of the Marquesas
- FC Haka, a football (soccer) team in Finland
- Haka, former name of Hakha, a city in the Chin Hills, Burma
A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Māori people of New Zealand which the New Zealand national rugby union team, the "All Blacks", and a number of other New Zealand national teams perform before their international matches. Some non-New Zealand sports teams have also adopted the haka.
n. A traditional dance of New Zealand's Maori people.
Usage examples of "haka".
In Tanith she had a strong rival, but apart from the political consideration, Sister Haka had a more intimate score to reckon.
Sister Haka with her grim satisfaction hidden behind a mask of concern.
Aina might argue still, but Sister Haka rose to her feet and her face was furious and her voice harsh with anger.
Sister Haka was leading her on to what it was that she had told the king to infuriate him.
Sister Haka demanded in her hoarse voice, dark and cruel as a bird of prey.
Sister Haka nodded, licking her lips, her eyes lighting with cruel anticipation.
Aina flapped and squawked with terror, and Sister Haka turned and pinned her, twisting one arm backwards against the elbow joint.
Sister Haka held her mouth and nostrils closed for a long time after she was quiet, then with one hand she felt the scrawny old chest with its empty pendulant dugs for a heartbeat.
Bill started doing his bizarre Scottish war dance, chainsaw held high over his head, stamping the sand like some terrible Hindu deity, flicking his tongue in and out in a horrible Haka sex-jig.
He looked as if he might go off at the deep end and dance a haka in court.
The largest collection of this kind that I ever saw was in the court of a temple of the Jodo sect, at Hakata, in Kyushu: the mirrors had been given for the making of a bronze statue of Amida, thirty-three feet high.