Ancient Egyptian Mythology

The Gods of Ancient Egypt...


Egyptian Air God

Also known as Su

Picture of the Egyptian Air God Shu from our Egyptian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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.

Shu Facts and Figures

Name: Shu
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Su

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Air
Area of expertise: Air

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 7581

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Article last revised on August 22, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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