Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Maori Warriors from New Zealand with their Tongues Sticking Out

Kia Ora (Hello) from New Zealand

Maori Warriors in a traditional challenging stance.  Haka is an integral part of formal and official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors, serving to impart a sense of importance to the occasion.

This postcard is postmarked in 2012 with a New Zealand stamp.

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A haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand.

Various actions are used in the course of a performance, including facial contortions such as showing the whites of the eyes and sticking out the tongue. The hands, arms, legs, feet, voice, eyes, tongue and the body as a whole combine to express courage, annoyance, joy or other feelings relevant to the purpose of the occasion.

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