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 Anubis  Location: The gates of the Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA/ a tree in the Arboretum  Anubis was the   guardian of the dead who greeted souls in the Underworld, protecting them on   their journey.   It was he who deemed the deceased worthy of becoming a star. Ancient Egyptian texts say that Anubis silently walked through the shadows of life and death and lurked in dark places. He was watchful by day as well as by night. He also weighed the heart of the dead against the feather symbol of Ma’at , the goddess of truth. Ancient Egyptians carefully preserved their dead with sweet-smelling herbs to mask the smell of decay against Anubis’ keen canine nose. Only if they smelled pure would he allow them to enter the     Kingdom of the Dead.  Phelan planned to cast Anubis’ shadow, appropriately on the gates of the Forest Hills Cemetery.  The police interrupted this action, however.  Phelan disappeared into the woods across the street and found a tree to climb.  Once up in the tree, he cast the shadow of Anubis on the earth beneath him.  This action was only witnessed by Vela and the night. 
  Hades  Location: Financial Center/ Federal Reserve Tower, Boston, MA  The final shadow that Phelan cast belonged to Hades, son of the Titans Cronus and Rhia.  Hades received the Underworld for his realm, when his brother gods, Zeus and Poseidon, received dominion of the sky and sea.  The Cyclops gave Hades the helmet of invisibility to help in the gods’ battle with the Titans.  Thus, the name Hades means “The Invisible.” The realm he rules over is also called Hades.  Hades is the enemy of all life, gods, and men. Since nothing will sway him, he is rarely worshiped.  Phelan sited the Financial Center as his site for Hades and cast his shadow on the structure that leads to the subway. 
 Shiva  Location: under the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, Boston, MA  The most powerful god of the Hindu Pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity, Shiva is believed to be at the core of the   centrifugal force of the universe, because of his responsibility for death and destruction. Known by many names, he is one of the most complex deities. Phelan sited a bridge that travels over the Charles River because of the myths around Shiva’s role in the birth of the Ganges River.  Hidden beneath the bridge, Phelan cast Shiva’s shadow as people ran and bicycled by.
 Coatlique  Location: Trinity Church Copley Plaza, Boston, MA  Coatlique is the Aztec Goddess of Life, Death, and Rebirth.  When she was beheaded, blood spurt from her neck in the shape of 2 snakeheads, symbolizing the cosmic struggle of dynamic opposites.  She wears a skirt made of serpents, and a necklace of human hearts, hands, and skulls around her neck.  She is mother to many Aztec deities as well as the stars, moon, and sun, and believed to produce all earthly life.    When the monumental 12-ton statue of Coatlique was first discovered in Mexico City   (1790), Catholic priests were so appalled at her appearance that they demanded it be reburied. The statue presently resides   in the city’s Anthropology Museum. Phelan sited the Trinity Church in Copley Plaza to represent this tension.  He cast Coatlique’s   shadow on the church until the bulb of his flashlight burned out, causing the goddess’ silhouette to vanish into the building.     
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