Cutest thing ever? A toddler trying the Haka!

 

This extremely viral video was created by Manii Konui, a Turangi fellow and all-around great dad. It was brought to viral fame by the Australian Facebook page Forfaty where it has more than 7 million views!

Obviously, the most famous haka, “Ka mate”, is used by the All Blacks as a war dance before their rugby games. But in maori culture and many other Polynesian islands, the haka is a much more diverse tradition than just an intimidation tool. It is also used to welcome distinguished visitors. The one sung here (as understood by a Tahitian) is more about the ancestors and the gods.

 

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