Annual 'Days of the Dead' exhibit opens at WFU anthropology museum

By Pam Barrett
Sept. 20, 2005

Wake Forest University's Museum of Anthropology will run its annual "Dias de los Muertos" ("Days of the Dead") exhibit from Sept. 30 through Nov. 5.


The exhibit 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.

The "Days of the Dead," an ancient religious celebration that originally honored children and the dead, 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

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