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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 stylized manner. It could also be for celebration of valor and conquest. Many such martial arts incorporate music, especially strong percussive rhythms.
Examples of such war dances include:
- Al-Arda al-Barriya - In Kuwait.
- it-Taḥṭīb in Egypt
- Baris from Bali
- Buza - From Russia.
- Panther Dance - Burmese Bando with swords (dha)
- Gymnopaedia - ancient Sparta
- European Sword dance or Weapon dance of various kinds
- Haka - Māori people of New Zealand
- Indlamu - Zulu people
- Khorumi (ხორუმი) - Georgia
- Sabre Dance - depicted in Khachaturian's ballet Gayane
- Maasai moran (warrior age-set) dances
- Aduk-Aduk - Brunei
- Ayyalah - Qatar
- Khattak - Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Brazil's Capoeira, as well as some similar Afro-Caribbean arts
- Dirk dance and Scottish sword dances - Scotland
- Hula & Kapu Kuialua -- Native Hawaiians
- Combat Hopak - From Ukraine
- Al-Yolah rifle performance - Oman and the United Arab Emirates
- Cibi - Fiji
- Kailao - Wallis, adopted by Tonga
- Bende War Dance [Nigeria - Abia State] Ogbuebulle
- Pentozali - Crete
- Yarkhushta (Յարխուշտա) - Armenia
- "Customs and Traditions in Kuwait". Retrieved 2013-05-03.