[Sca-cooks] Sca-cooks Digest, Vol 17, Issue 56

Adele de Maisieres ladyadele at paradise.net.nz
Thu Sep 20 18:25:39 PDT 2007

Martha Oser wrote:

>The haka that the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team performs is an "in your 
>face" haka - basically, "we're not just going to beat you, we're going to 
>beat you so hard your grandchildren will feel it!" 
>It's an important part of Polynesian culture to insult your enemies - a 
>good, zinging insult lasts longer than just killing the guy, after all. 

Not quite.  "Ka Mate" isn't insulting at all.  Neither is the other All 
Blacks haka Kapa o Pango. 

Adele de Maisieres

Habeo metrum - musicamque,
hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?
-Georgeus Gershwinus

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