The Haka^ is a traditional ancestral war cry from the Maori people of New Zealand. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing this video, which features the Haka ritual performed at a wedding. It may seem a bit… strange, at first. But watch it all the way and check how you feel afterwards:
The energy that these people are able to project is off the chart. What chart? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. Words pale in comparison with the raw life erupting from these Maori. With their every breath, they go beyond concepts and patterns. This is pure existence, with the volume turned to eleven.
And of course, there’s the dress code. Seeing such an intensely organic manifestation dressed up in suits, in the setting of a 21st century wedding makes for fantastic contrast. Therein lays the pattern, the duality. Yes, we humans have a bloody past, but all is forgiven and now we can drink and love each other like brothers and sisters.
This video says all this, and much, much more, without the need for words. So I’m going to stop typing and, while watching the recording again, be thankful that somebody uploaded this window into a different culture.