Final Haka To Sports Great Jonah Lomu

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A glimpse to a global sports superstar - Jonah Lomu and the farewell salute to fit to his final journey on after life. The emotional public rite was so emotional that one could only be awed in fascination by both the surrealism, fervor and sports heroism both into by the man and the traditonal chants.

Kama te

(kia whakawhenua au i ahau)
"let me become one with the land "
-excerpt from Haka

Last night on one lazy Monday tv viewing the world came across with sports news about a global icon on one sports strange to some. It was the funeral of new Zealand great Jonah Lomu. The receiving venue Eden Park gave a emotional farewell haka from university students, former team mates and friends. While some find it fitting finale others where simply touch whatever sports spectrum they were especially seeing something unusual ceremony and farewell celebration for a non-political event or person.

War Cry and Challenge

Haka is a traditional war chant, challenge and in some occasion a greet to a king and even for fallen comrade. In the Pacific it can be seen in different Polynesian tribe and other major island. From Samoan to Fiji to Maorians to Papuans. It become a world wide spectacle after the globe trotting All Black team of New Zealand introduce it to open their games more than 100 years ago. Though the practice were only passed through word of mouth basis on legends and oral stories of great adventure of near death exploits and triumph against heavy odds.

All Blacks and Jonah Lomu

The man being honored is no ordinary mortal. Born in the 12th May 1975 he had spectacular international season kicked off in 1994 as the youngest member of All Black. 5 years after his storied career seemed peaked at his level up performance against New Zealand A, then followed by a game against Samoa in which Jonah scored one of the All Blacks' nine tries. He came on as a replacement in every game of the 1999 Tri Nations Series with Christian Cullen and Tana Umaga preferred as starters on the wings. New Zealand were crowned Tri Nations champions despite losing the last game against Australia. It was just the beginning.
The world was held up by this warrior when he scored eight tries at the 1999 World Cup. In pool matches he scored two tries against Tonga, one against England and two against Italy. The All Blacks, finished top of their pool and proceeded to the quarter-finals. They defeated Scotland, with Lomu scoring one of New Zealand's four tries. Lomu scored twice in the semi-final match against France, though it was not enough to see them through to the final as France went on to win 43–31.Following the World Cup, despite speculation that he would be moving to play American Football in the National Football League or stay to play rugby in the English Premiership, Lomu returned to New Zealand and continued polishing his laurels even to his soft years in 2002. Like all great warriors in sports he made a comeback between 2005 upto 2007.

"brought the sun and caused it to shine"

The colorful history of rugby sports and its team is in parallel to the popularity of Haka. For a true superstar coming from the place of its origin it was a fitting farewell to give a send off to Jonah Lomu. As the face of New Zealand team in the 90s, Jonah gave the sports tremendous mileage to transcend the fans to. More than being casual. the celebrity status of Lomu gave Rugmy modern day unprecedented poster boy role around the world. After all, He is one of the Rugby World Cup all-time top try scorers with 15 tries, a record he shares with South African Bryan Habana.
Before his sudden death last November 18, 2015 Jonah had great success even interrupted at young age of 40. While the doctor announced he has some rare kidney disease, his strenuous travel was pointed as culprit for a blood clot that ultimately snap his life shortly

Farewell to the King and fallen comrade

Haka main body

Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!
Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora!
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā
Ā, upane! ka upane!
Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra

(English translation)

'Tis death! 'tis death! (or: I may die) ’Tis life! ‘tis life! (or: I may live)
’Tis death! ‘tis death! ’Tis life! ‘tis life!
This is the hairy man
Who brought the sun and caused it to shine
A step upward, another step upward!
A step upward, another... the Sun shines

Thank You and Rest In Peace Jonah!

Saigon De Manila

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
Dear friends and foes: I am a teacher, a poet, an artist, self-published author on art & poetry, CSN Life Skill coach and an international marketer.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you for the prompt moderating of this article Johnnnydod.

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author avatar Retired
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Great post!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you MAGNOLIA,

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author avatar Carol Roach
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

I never heard of this guy before

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
3rd Dec 2015 (#)

Carol because your country have different sports of rugby --american football. Like In the other side of the world they go gaga and adore sports heroes of cricket which for some people known only as an insect and not a game to bowl. Lol

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author avatar Eno Jubril
20th Dec 2015 (#)

i know this guy! He is still young to dir. RIP we will miss you and wgat a funeral ceremony very touching! Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Aurora
8th Mar 2016 (#)

Very touching!

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