Egyptian Gods: Shu

Shu was the Egyptian God of Air. The name Shu means “He Who Rises Up”. ‘Shu’ was the root of words such as ‘dry’, ‘empty’, ‘sunlight’ and ‘withered’. Shu is also known as the god of the atmosphere and of dry winds. He considered the god of the space and light between the sky and she also holds power over snakes.

His appearance portrayed as a man wearing a headdress with feathers and holding scepter in one hand and the ankh in the other. Sometimes, he was shown as man standing with arms raised, usually holding his daughter Nut and standing over his son Geb. Sometimes, he was also shown as full lioness.

Shu was the son of Ra the creator god. He was the husband and brother of Tefnut the Goddess of Moisture. He was also the father of Geb and Nut the God of Earth and Goddess of Sky. There were a lot of myths about how Shu and Tefnut were created.

As the God of cool air, he separates the earth from the sky where help up the figure of Nut so that the earth and sky were separated. He is also the creator of the wind. The Egyptians believed that without Shu, there would be no area in which to create the life they saw all around them.

Shu and Tefnut were also said to be but two halves of one soul, perhaps the earliest recorded example of “soul mates”.