mythology, Hu (also spelt Huh) is the
deification of the first word, the word
of creation, that Atum
was said to have exclaimed upon ejaculating,
in his masturbatory act of creating the
Ennead. As the
word of creation, he is very similar to
the later Hindu concept of Aum, and also
to the later hellenic concept of Logos,
the thought that thought exists, which was
later adopted into the Gospel of John (usually
translated as in the beginning was the word
rather than in the beginning was the Logos).
His name is thought to originate as an onomatopoeia of the
act of drawing breath, although it can also be translated,
in which situation it means eternity. It was later said that
Atum split this aspect from himself
by extracting blood from his own penis and turning it into
Hu and Saa, the deification of wisdom.
Due to this shared birth, and the close kinship between the
concepts, Hu and Saa were considered
The aspect of such creative power, the
attribute of Atum
that mattered most, was one with which
Pharaohs were keen to associate themselves.
Consequently, as sometimes Pharaohs depicted
their divine power in statuary as a sphinx,
a seated, human-headed, lion, Hu was occasionally
shown in this form. In particular, in
years much later after its construction,
the Great Sphinx, at Giza, was seen as
a representation of Hu.
When Atum and
Ra were later identified
as each other, becoming Atum-Ra, Hu became
also the offspring of Ra,
in which capacity he is more frequently
and Goddesses Menu
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