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Culture Shock: Party for the Dead

Check out this year's 'Dia de los Muertos' exhibit

 by Deanna Dent
 published on Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Deanna Dent
 

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Dia de los Muertos means "Day of the Dead," but the traditional Mexican holiday is anything but grim. It dates back to the Aztecs, who's late summer version of the festival was presided over by the Mictecacihual, or "Lady of the Dead." After the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the holiday was moved closer to Halloween. An exhibit is opening on campus next week to help celebrate this year.

The "Room for the Dead" is created each year in the ASU Museum of Anthropology by student and community artists, and is a tribute to the artist's dead loved ones. Guest curator Michelle Martinez says the altar she will display -- a black and gold wonder -- is dedicated to her cousins.

Check out the exhibit on opening day and catch live music and hot tamales along with the amazing art.

Reach the reporter at deanna.dent@asu.edu.



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