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.
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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