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'Thrones' Star Jason Momoa

Scaring Everybody

With Maori War Dance

6/6/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

060513_jason_momoa_launch_v2Jason Momoa's character was killed off "Game of Thrones" WAY before it became trendy ... but he's keeping up with one CRAZY-INTENSE cultural tradition that would make even a Dothraki warlord quake in his sandals.

Check out Khal Drogo (middle) doing the "Haka" -- the traditional ancestral war dance of the indigenous Māori people -- at the beach in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday.

Momoa hails from Hawaii but says he's obsessed with Polynesian culture ... he even did the Haka dance -- in character -- as part of his GoT audition.

Momoa's no hack at the Haka ... but if you want to see something REALLY scary, check out the New Zealand national rugby union team -- which performs the dance to scare the crap out of opponents before matches.

Not pictured: whatever's running down the other team's legs.


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The New Zealand rugby team hHka you chose is a tame one, in other versions they pretend to slit throats, etc.

475 days ago

BB not bb    

It looks like fat men in grass skirts yelling and waving their arms. Somehow i am not that scared. I believe these people were cannibals back in the day. They seem like people who are moaning over what is for dinner.

475 days ago

BB not bb    

Usually people who yell a lot don't have a lot behind it. It is more like a synchronized dance with that rugby team. The question is who really has the best record of wins.

I think it might even be more or less like a religious ceremony with all of that gesturing and grunting. Maybe they are trying to get supernatural help to win a silly little game. That shows how weak they really are.

475 days ago


Is this supposed to be intimidating? Because it's not.

475 days ago


The rugby team wasn't scary, they just looked like ***gots with roid rage.

475 days ago


As a New Zealander who UNDERSTANDS the significance of a haka, I would just like to say that those that have commented show how ignorant they truly are. Perhaps they should do some research before they comment about something you don't even understand.

By the way, the New Zealand All Blacks are world champions, but yet once again you show your ignorance about something you don't understand and are too lazy to find out about.

475 days ago


Haha I love you ignorant keyboard warriors, we are rugby world champions, its like NFL but for men. The All Blacks arnt intimidating?, I play rugby and perform a haka before a game, do you know what its like to be nose to nose with another warrior you are about to be fighting on the feild? Dumb fat keyboard hero, you know nothing. Youtube Jonah Lomu hahaha!

475 days ago

BB not bb    

Oh okay, so I see the Maori warriors have arrived to defend their little rugby games. I happen to know that in the USA, sports are rigged. They are used for betting by the mafias and they purposely throw games so that other teams can win. The same thing probably happens in other countries since mafias are worldwide.

If they are letting these goof balls in grass dresses who wave and dance around win the games, then that is the image they want to go out to the public. I don't think it is about the other team being scared of a dance.

475 days ago


Possibly the hottest man on Earth. I would rock. his. world.

475 days ago


COMPLETELY disrespectful and inappropriate for a Hawaiian to be doing a regional haka. And a bad one, at that. The haka in general (and each iwi - tribe - has their own, and many versions) is the preserve of Maori primarily ... with a small exemption for males who represent New Zealand internationally. Seeing some twit attempt it with a poor google-inspired version is pathetic and disrespectful. How about Mr Mamosa go carve a crude google-inspired Indian totem pole now, and tell everyone he's a fan of that too? Might as well.

475 days ago

Good riddance!    

I played some rugby back in college and still wake up feeling the pain from all the breaks and sprains decades later! Fricking awesome game! It's so brutal that I'm surprised as hell Americans don't totally love it!

475 days ago


Oh, how I would love to see y'all diss a Maori to his or her face, then sit back and watch the carnage.

475 days ago

BB not bb

It looks like Bugs is doing a kind of haka in this cartoon. It seemed to work also.

475 days ago

BB not bb

Here is anyone interested in watching a Jewish Haka? It is really good.

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