Once there were warriors so brave that they endured the heavy weight of history and challenged us to this day with their courage and warriordom. The bravest of the ancient warriors: the face-tattooed Maori, the silent Shaolin Monks, blood-thirsty Aztecs, sword-wielding Samurai, untamable Sioux, relentless Jannisaries and the Assyrian masters of war.
It was said that Maori warriors ate, slept and drank while fighting. One of the religious beliefs wasmana, spiritual power which could be gained only through combat or brave ancestors . Cannibalism was also frequent as the warriors wanted to feed their mana through the enemy’s flesh. This indigenous people of New Zealand invented a special kind of a war dance haka, a war cry showing their strength, physicality and will, that would chill the blood of any enemy. The bravest Maori warriors and most experienced among them also had intricate face tattoos. Equipped with a spear and a club, they stick their tongues out, threatening they would eat the enemy. The bravest Maori, Hongi Hika, a war leader of the Ngāpuhi iwi tribe, used the British colonizers’ weapons against them in The Musket Wars.