A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico

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The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Its collections, public learning programs, and research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds, and knowledge.

This colorful, bilingual exhibition examines the complex and rich histories of honoring the dead in ancient Mesoamerica, the labor of love involved in these diverse rituals, and the spiritual importance of this holiday in rural Mexico today. Featuring exquisite color photographs by four photographers, the exhibition focuses on the lives of villagers as they prepare centuries-old recipes, scatter marigolds to guide the dead home and celebrate this annual event. Photographs depict candlelit home altars, public processions, rich offerings of chocolate and pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and community gatherings in village cemeteries. All text panels and labels are in English and Spanish.

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