What is a War Dance?


A war dance is a dance involving mock combat, usually in reference to tribal warrior societies where such dances were performed as a ritual connected with endemic warfare.

Papuan war dance from Yapen, Papua province, Indonesia.

Martial arts in various cultures can be performed in dance-like settings for various reasons, such as for evoking ferocity in preparation for battle or showing off skill in a more stylised manner.

It could also be for celebration of valour and conquest.

Many such martial arts incorporate music, especially strong percussive rhythms.

Examples of War Dances

  • Aduk-Aduk – Brunei
  • Ardah – Arabian Peninsula, Kuwait
  • Ayyalah – Arabian Peninsula
  • Baris – Bali, Indonesia
  • Bende War Dance – Nigeria
  • Buza – Russia
  • Blood walk – Bloods of United States
  • Cakalele – Maluku, Indonesia
  • Capoeira, as well as some similar Afro-Caribbean arts
  • Cibi – Fiji
  • Crip Walk – Crips of United States
  • Dirk dance and Scottish sword dances – Scotland
  • European sword dance or weapon dance of various kinds
  • Haka – Māori people of New Zealand
  • Hako (Rapa Nui) – Easter Island
  • Hopak – Ukraine
  • Hula & Kapu Kuialua – Native Hawaiians
  • Indlamu – Zulu people
  • Juego de maní – Cuba
  • Kabasaran – Minahasan people, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Kailao – Wallis, adopted by Tonga
  • Khattak – Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Khorumi (ხორუმი) – Georgia
  • Ohafia War Dance – Eastern Nigeria
  • Panther Dance – Burmese Bando with swords (dha)
  • Pentozali – Crete
  • Pyrrhichios – Greece
  • Razfah – Oman and the United Arab Emirates
  • Reggada – Morocco
  • Sagayan – Philippines
  • Siva Tau – Samoan war dance
  • Tahtib – Egypt
  • Takalo – Niue
  • Yarkhushta (Յարխուշտա) – Armenia
  • Yowlah – Oman and the United Arab Emirates

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