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Media Advisory: WFU Museum of Anthropology features Day of the Dead Exhibit

Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico

By Sarah Drake Boerkircher, 336-758-3640, boerkisd@wfu.edu and Sara Cromwell, 336-758-5282, cromwess@wfu.edu Office of Communications and External Relations

The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology showcases its annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit, “Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico,” through Dec. 13, 2013.

Día de Muertos is celebrated in Mexico over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (Nov. 1 and 2). The holiday has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices, and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions. The celebration is considered to be a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.

The exhibit features a traditional Mexican ofrenda – an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls and photos of deceased family members.

New for this year, the exhibit includes information about the celebration’s history and its skeleton-themed folk art. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay, illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende, will also be on display.

The Museum of Anthropology is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Additional information, including directions, is available at http://moa.wfu.edu.

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