Haka of Wairangi (Maori)

Part of the Matheson Trust Sacred Audio Collection

The haka is chanted before a battle not only to frighten the enemy but to make the performer himself more fearless. The final portion of a haka composed by one of the most famous fighting chieftains, triumphant after eluding his enemies, is heard at every Maori gathering: “it was death, it was death—it is life, it is life.”

Maori Haka

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With thanks to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.