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Ancient Egyptian deities: Shu
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Shu

    In the Heliopolitan tradition Shu. Sw (transliteration Sw) was part of the Ennead. He was the god of the air, consort of Tefnut. Father of Geb and Nut whom he is often depicted as separating from each other. He came into being as the breath of Atem.
    He was identified with the sun, the Hymn to the Aten describes him as Shu, who is in the Aten. As son of Atem he became Son of Re, when Atem merged with Re. He was also merged with Onuris as Onuris-Shu. As defender of the sun he was sometimes depicted with the head of a lion.
King Merneptah, the Bull, lord of strength, who slays his foes, beautiful upon the field of victory, when his onset occurs; the Sun (Shu in the text), drivingaway the storm which was over Egypt, allowing Egypt to see the rays of the sun...
Israel Stela of Merneptah
J.H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Three, § 608
    According to Piye Shu resided at Memphis
[His majesty sailed north to] Memphis; then he sent to them, saying: "Shut not up, fight not, thou abode of Shu..."
Stela of Piye
J.H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Four, § 857
 

 
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