The Maori people of New Zealand came from eastern Polynesia in waves of canoes sometime between 1250 and 1300 AD. Over the centuries, they developed a rich and complex society that included a fierce and terrifying warrior culture. Europeans described the Maori warriors as large men, although women could be warriors as well, who had extensive facial tattoos. While they looked fearsome, their intense physical appearance is only the start of what made these warriors so terrifying.

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http://www.zealandtattoo.co.nz/tattoo...
https://youtu.be/yiKFYTFJ_kw
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https://hakatours.com/blog/haka-meaning/
http://maorisource.com/Maori-Warriors...
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/pho...
http://www.anatomyzone.com/anatomy-fe...
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/new...
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Mao...
http://maorisource.com/Maori-Warriors...
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/schola...
https://books.google.ca/books?id=nu3D...
http://www.badassoftheweek.com/hongih...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/...
http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_m...
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/schola...
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic...
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic...
https://books.google.ca/books?id=kO8y...
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The Maori people of New Zealand came from eastern Polynesia in waves of canoes sometime between 1250 and 1300 AD. Over the centuries, they developed a rich and complex society that included a fierce and terrifying warrior culture. Europeans described the Maori warriors as large men, although women could be warriors as well, who had extensive facial tattoos. While they looked fearsome, their intense physical appearance is only the start of what made these warriors so terrifying.

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Learn more about the host:
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Business inquiries to [email protected]

Other TopTenz Videos:

Top 10 Toughest VIKING WARRIORS
https://youtu.be/dmsC4T7UiNY?list=PLQ...

Top 10 HORRIFYING Facts You Didn’t Know About KNIGHTS
https://youtu.be/q1yvv9fHSw8?list=PLQ...

Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-terrifying-...

Coming up:

10. Their Tattoos Were Carved In
9. The War Dance
8. The Mere Club Was Used to Crack Skulls
7. The Dead Were Buried and Dug Back up Again and Then Reburied
6. The War Strategy
5. Heads of the Killed Were Taken as Trophies
4. Captain James Cook’s First Encounter Was Terrifying
3. Their Most Famous Warrior Hongi Hika
2. Infanticide
1. They Performed Cannibalism

Source/Further reading:

http://www.zealandtattoo.co.nz/tattoo...
https://youtu.be/yiKFYTFJ_kw
http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature...
https://hakatours.com/blog/haka-meaning/
http://maorisource.com/Maori-Warriors...
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/pho...
http://www.anatomyzone.com/anatomy-fe...
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/new...
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Mao...
http://maorisource.com/Maori-Warriors...
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/schola...
https://books.google.ca/books?id=nu3D...
http://www.badassoftheweek.com/hongih...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/...
http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_m...
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/schola...
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic...
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic...
https://books.google.ca/books?id=kO8y...
https://books.google.ca/books?id=60B8...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/cultures/ne...
https://books.google.ca/books?id=tUnu...