How two traditions merged to create Day of the Dead

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

Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a merger of two traditions, Mexico's indigenous customs and Christianity.
Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a merger of two traditions, Mexico's indigenous customs and Christianity.

SAN ANTONIO – Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a merger of two traditions, Mexico’s Indigenous customs and Christianity.

This merger began when the first missionaries arrived in Mexico after the Spanish conquest.

The missionaries took existing beliefs about the dead and Christianized those rituals.

The combination of traditions brought about change and was difficult for the Indigenous people of Mexico.

Watch the video above to learn more about those changes and the miracle which led to the acceptance of Christianity in the New World.

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About the Authors:

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.