National Geographic : 1962 Jul
"When they Make an Oven they Make a hole in the Earth" MORRISON Tahitian feast day begins with a fire in the pit. As it burns, men pile stones on it. When "the wood is all burnt to Coals and the stones red hot," the oven is ready. Here ingredients of the feast go into a bamboo rack: whole pig, pieces of tuna, red mountain bananas, taro, breadfruit, and sweet puddings wrapped in leaves. In the fish's mouth: a banana. Two hours later, the food is cooked. Men pull off the oven's cover and serve the banquet. Preparation takes so long that Tahitian-style cooking today usually is reserved for Sundays. Coconut and banana fronds cover the rack in the pit. Next a layer of earth shoveled over the fronds will seal in the heat like the door of an oven.