Intimidating rugby chants
The haka stirs strong emotions in shooting survivor Kawthar Abulaban.She was in Christchurch's Al Noor mosque when the shooting erupted, eventually escaping through the back door.Aotearoa, or "land of the long white cloud", is the Maori name for New Zealand.- 'We have been invaded' -In a further show of solidarity, the New Zealand government invited a Muslim imam to intone the Koranic bismillah in praise of Allah at the opening of the parliamentary session on Tuesday.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern followed up by saying "Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh" -- "May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you too."Schools, Maori tribes and sports teams will each have their own haka, and the version performed by the All Blacks, called "Ka mate, Ka mate", tells of a 19th-century warrior, Te Rauparaha, who hid in a food storage pit to escape his enemies.
For Ngati Moa elders this is a very important victory, as the Ka Mate Haka is one of many haka’s and not just a battle cry, it is in the broadest sense used to attain and sustain tribal , a belief that is vital to Maori tradition and spirituality.According to Maori mythology, Tane-rore, the son of the Sun god Tama- nui- te- ra, was responsible for the birth of dance.Movements used in haka are derived from Tane-rore dancing for his mother Hine- raumati.One player leads the chant, while the rest call back; beating their chests and legs in rhythm. The haka was born in New Zealand as a core tradition for the Maori people.
The most famous were performed by men, mainly for the purpose of intimidating enemies while commencing battle.With the Winter Solstice right behind us (occurring anywhere between the 19th and 22nd of december in the Northern Hemisphere, depending on your location), most cultures celebrate the current re-birth of the sun to create new life in the course of the next half year, reaching its peak at the Summer Solstice (21st of june in the Northern Hemisphere).