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Also known as SU, ŠU

A picture showing the legend of SHU taken from our Egyptian mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Egyptian Gods, Egyptian Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Slightly prudish God of Dry Air and father of the Sky

He works alongside his twin sister TEFNUT. He deals in the dry dusty variety, while she's more than a little wet. So you could call him the God of Dehumidifiers. At least they didn't have air guitars to contend with.

SHU is the son of ATUM and fathered NUT (the Sky), and GEB (the Earth), with a little help from TEFNUT. But things didn't quite go according to plan. The Sky wouldn't stay put and kept falling down onto the Earth.

As gravity hadn't yet been invented, SHU decided there must be another reason. And there was. NUT and GEB were passionately in love and sneaking tight embraces at every opportunity.

It wasn't so much a case of "Did the Earth move for you?" as "Did the sky fall on top of you last night?"

SHU put a stop to all this, but not before NUT had given birth to some very important new Gods. And now SHU stands between NUT and GEB, holding up the sky like an Egyptian ATLAS.

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Article last updated on 25 March 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : SHU
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : SU, ŠU
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