Ancient origins of Day of the Dead

KSAT Day of Dead stories highlight tradition and celebration of life and death in Mexico

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, dates back to pre-Colombian, pre-Hispanic Indigenous traditions in Mexico.

SAN ANTONIO – Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, dates back to pre-Colombian, pre-Hispanic Indigenous traditions in Mexico.

The Aztecs incorporated these Mesoamerican traditions into their culture, and the holiday has evolved over centuries.

In this KSAT Day of the Dead story, we look at the ancient origins of the holiday and celebration.

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About the Authors:

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.