There are things in life that are sometimes best experienced rather than explained. This video may be one of those.
I came across the video not too long ago and was truly rocked. The raw emotion and power of what I was watching was captivating… and I had no idea what these people were saying.
I know the tongue-out white-eyed faces at first are a bit of a shock… but did you feel it? The power is almost palpable.
What you just watched was a “haka” According to Wikipedia, “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. In modern times, various haka have been composed to be performed by women and even children. Haka are performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.”
I since have looked at other similar videos of haka– all in various settings like sports, ceremonies, a teacher’s retirement (here is another powerful one). Each one, for their own reasons, eliciting an emotional response.
The raw energy and emotion is enough to marvel at but the unity displayed and honor behind it is unsettling – in all the right ways. Watching them act in unison, both in powerful dance and loud cries, demonstrates visually and tangibly a deeper reality within the culture.
The Deeper Desire
One YouTuber commented, “I wish I lived in a culture where friends did this for one another and it was understood by all. Truly beautiful and meaningful.” I think we could all agree.
There is an innate desire put within us to be part of a deep community of people. To be in a culture that is unified in purpose, that honors all and serves one another. To have ties to the past that has deep roots but looking forward to new days.
A culture and community like this one must be deeply committed to, united, lived out honorably, and on display in the smallest and the deepest of ways. It must be ‘on purpose’ and not by accident. It must encourage and lift up those who need it and celebrate those who deserve it. It must see the ‘one’ as part of the ‘many’. It requires much but it gives all.
It’s a powerful picture – I would love to be a part of something like that. How about you?
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