Shu means “dry”“parched”“withered” and “burnt down”. He also signifies the harsh heat of the sun and the extreme dryness of the surrounding air.

He is also the god of deep space and the light in between the sky and the earth.

Shu also has the great power to hold and pin down poisonous snakes; he is the god, who held the long ladder for the dead ones, so that they climbed over to the heavens.

He is brother and husband to Tefnut and legends point out that they were the two distinctive parts of one single soul. He is also the son to Re or Atum and a father to Geb and Nut. Shu is a man, who wears four feathers over his head.


In Egyptian mythology, Shu (meaning emptiness and he who rises up) is one of the primordial gods, a personification of air, one of the Ennead of Heliopolis…

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