"Los Dias de Los Muertos (`The Days of the Dead')," an exhibit exploring the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead, is showing through Nov. 22 at the Museum of Anthropology in Spooner Hall on the Kansas University campus.
Throughout Mexico, the period around Nov. 1-2 is set apart for the celebration. Focused on family and community, it is a time for reunion not only for the living, but also for the spirits of the dead, who are believed to return to be with their relatives.
The festival is neither somber nor macabre, but is regarded as a renewal of relationships and memories. The celebration includes colorful displays, special foods and feasting and, in some communities, dance and musical performances.
The exhibit includes a replica of an ofrenda, or a home altar; sand paintings; cut-paper banners; and photographs.
A new collection of colorful and whimsical calavaras, or toys in the shape of skeletons, has been added to the museum's collection. These skeletal figures in modern dress often mock social and political events of the day.
Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.