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WFU anthropology museum features ‘Days of the Dead’ exhibit

September 5, 2006

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will run its annual “Dias de los Muertos” (“Days of the Dead”) exhibit from Oct. 3 through Nov. 4.

The exhibit, which will be larger this year than in past years, will feature a traditional Mexican “ofrenda” (a home altar with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts of skeletons, food and beverage offerings, marigolds and photos of deceased relatives), photographs of public ofrendas from urban areas in Mexico as well as toys and objects used in children’s ofrendas.

“Days of the Dead” is an ancient religious celebration that originally honored children and the dead. It has evolved into a blend of ancient Indian and Christian features. The celebration is considered a festive time when family members remember and honor their dead and the continuity of life.

Admission to the museum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 758-5282 or visit

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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