Haka a 'demonstration of power'
Is it time to ditch the haka?
We've asked our readers if the All Blacks should ditch the haka. Laurence Ngaia says the haka is a demonstration of our power.
I'd rather see players do the haka than sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, as English rugby fans do. Rugby is about passion, controlled aggression, it is culture, it's not about joining a chorus.
We all know what a haka stands for and why it is performed. It is about preparation to meet your rival.
All indigenous cultures have some form of war dance in the Pacific, and the haka demonstrates what it is to be a fierce opponent. Somewhere along the line European nations have forgotten what it is to meet your opponent and posture in front of him.
For English it was all about the regimental colours or the headwear they wore, the numbers and formations in battle. They took their aim and shot. All very calculated, you need never meet your enemy.
For many Pacific people they met their enemy hand-to-hand, so beforehand it was about showing how fierce you were.
Other nations always try to demystify the haka - it's a demonstration of power and a reason to fear your opponent before battle. Man up!
Why should we give up an advantage?
I'd really enjoy seeing Michael Flatley perform his Irish jig before a game.
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