Shu

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Detail from the “House of Eternity” of the Royal Prince Khaemwaset, son of King Ramses III, QV44, west ‘Uaset’-Thebes:
the God Shu son of Ra with His right hand raised in blessing, and wearing the feather

“I am the Soul of Shu the Self-Created God,
I have come into being from the flesh of the Self-Created God (Ra-Atum).
I am the Soul of Shu, the God invisible of shape,
I have come into being from the flesh of the Self-Created God,
I am merged in the God, I have become He.
I am He Who calmed the sky for Himself,
I am He Who reduced the Two Lands to order for Himself,
I am stronger and more raging than all the Enneads of the Gods.
I am He Who foretells Him (Ra) when He ascends from the Horizon,
I am He Who puts the fear of Him into whoever would search out His name.
I am He Who is among the Primeval Gods (the Ogdoad) and Who hears the words of the Primeval Gods,
I am He Who dispatches the word of the Self-Created (Ra-Atum) to the multitudes,
I am He Who captains the Sacred Bark (of Ra) and its crew,
I am stronger and more raging than all the Enneads of the Gods.
I have repeated the words of the Ancestral Gods and Those Who came into being after me,
They enquire about my creation from the Primaeval Ocean (Nun), They see me strong and raging in the Bark which the Self-Created God (Ra) navigates, and I have stood among Them,
I display splendour in accordance with my nature.”
(from the LXXV spell of the Coffin Texts, translation from “The Ancient Egyptians Coffin Texts” by Faulkner)

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