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Shu was an air god who supported the sky, was the son of the sun god Atum. After Shu consorted with his sister Tefnut, she bore Geb, the earth god and Nut, the sky goddess. Shu then placed himself between Geb and Nut separating the earth from the sky.

Shu was often depicted as a human wearing an ostrich feather with upraised arms that supported Nut as she stretched across the sky above Geb as he laid on his back on the earth below.

Also called: Su, Sos, Shui

Added: 06.Feb.2011 | Source: Angel Rainbows: Ancient Cultures: Egypt
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In Ancient Egyptian Religion, god of air, sunlight and bearer of heaven. His named meant "emptiness" or "he who rises up."

Shu and his sister, Tefnut (personification of moisture), were created by Atum, without the help of a female partner. They were the first couple of the Ennead of Heliopolis, and would again give birth to Geb, the earth god and Nut, the goddess of the sky.

Shu's role was to support his daughter Nut when she stretched out in her capacity as the sky. In this capacity, as air, Shu was a cooling and calming god. Due to his connection with sunlight, Shu had a few roles to play in connection with the sun-god, Re. He was sometimes told to be the one to bring back the sun to light every morning. Also, he protected Re from the snake-god, Apophis.

Shu would become associated with Onuris, representing the weakest half of Onuris-Shu. This would be only temporary; Onuris would eventually fully absorb Shu. He also became associated with lunar deities like Thoth and Khonsu.

In the Middle Kingdom, Shu would in some contexts be lifted up to the position of primeval creator god; he could be referred to as son of Re; and identified with Onuris.

Added: 23.Jul.2011 | Source: Looklex Egypt: General
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The divine personification of air.

Added: 02.May.2012 | Source: Tripod: Egyptology Page
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Shu is the god of the cool dry air’ who separates the earth from the sky. He is the twin of Tefnut the goddess of warm air. He is often shown supporting his mother the sky Goddess Nut. She is seen as a vault over the whole horizon on the command of the sun god Re. Together with his twin sister Tefnut the humid warm air he is a member of the old family of Heliopolis. he is sometimes shown sitingon a throne wearing a crown with plumes and horns with the sun disc, or just a feather but he can also be shown as a lion.

Added: 22.Jan.2013 | Source: History of Egypt: Egyptology
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