The flowers entwined in their bushy black mops indicate the festive
spirits of these hungry Fijians who, around a ground-oven, are watching
the various stages in the transformation of pig into pork. Not so many
years ago their chief table luxury was "long pig," human flesh supplied
by friends or foes; nowadays, thanks to missionary influence, mere "pig"
provides the favourite dainty
In former days it was not uncommon for the women to follow their men
to battle, encouraging warlike fervour by their carelessness of death.
The Maori taste for carving is seen to advantage in their weapons