KEKU
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Real Name: Keku

Identity/ClassExtradimensional (Heliopolis) god

Occupation: God of darkness and chaos

Group Membership: Heliopolitan/Hermopolitan gods/Ogdoad

AffiliationsChthon;
    formerly Heka-Nut

Enemies: Ashake, Magik (Illyana Rasputin)

Known Relatives: Gaea (aka Neith, grandmother), Demiurge (grandfather, aka Nun);
    Chthon, Hyppus, Set (great-uncles), Issus, Oshtur (great-aunts);
    
Ammon Ra (aka Atum, Amun, Demogorge; father);
   
Thoth (uncle);
    BastHathor-Sekhmet (brothers-sisters), Huh, Shu, Sobek (brothers); Bes, Khonshu (half-brothers);
   
Amaunet, Hauhet, Kauket, Naunet, Tefnut (sisters);
    Nut (niece), Geb (nephew);
    
Osiris, Seth (grandnephews);
   
Isis, Nepthys (grandnieces); 
   
Anubis, Horus (great-grand-nephews);
    extensive family via Gaea...

Aliases: Kuk, Kek

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly
Hermopolis (aka “Khmun,” near modern-day el-Ashmunein, Egypt)

First AppearanceMystic Arcana#1 (Magik) (August, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: Keku has unrevealed powers associated with darkness and chaos. He is extremely long-lived and presumably possesses other abilities typical of gods, such as superhuman strength and durability.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight:
Unrevealed
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History:
(
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica: Heliopolitans / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14: Heliopolitans) - As Ammon Ra, Atum ruled the Ogdoad, the Egyptian gods’ first incarnation, with Thoth serving as his arbitrator and grand vizier. The Ogdoad’s membership allegedly included four sets of gods & goddesses: Ammon Ra (Atum, aka Amun) & Amaunet (air goddess), Huh & Hauhet (representing infinite space and visible matter), Keku (aka Kuk) & Kauket (representing darkness), Nun (Demiurge) & Naunet (water goddess). While myth states the Ogdoad spawned Ra and Thoth (the Ogdoad’s senior appearance causing this misconception) and created Earth, Amaunet, Hauhet, Hu, Kauket, Keku and Naunet are believed to be Ra’s spawn. 

    As Ra’s first creations, the Ogdoad may have been imperfect and aged more rapidly than the virtually immortal Ra and Thoth. The Ogdoad ruled from the Earth city Hermopolis (aka “Khmun,” near modern-day el-Ashmunein, Egypt), and became known to mortals as the Hermopolitan gods. 

    Many of the Ogdoad eventually perished under unrevealed circumstances, and Keku fell under the Elder God Chthon’s dark influence. 

(Mystic Arcana#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - Keku (god of darkness and chaos and an agent of the Elder God Chthon) fanned the flames of Heka-Nut’s envy and pride, until almost everything good in the sorcerer burned away. Keku eventually tempted and broke Heka-Nut, bending him to Chthon’s service

(Mystic Arcana#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - As foresight/precognition was not her specialty, Ashake created the First Tarot (although she didn't call it that), painting images on flat cards made of bone, which helped her understand the influences/patterns that shaped their lives. Amongst the forces/powers she accessed via the Tarot were Nu, of the primordial waters; Amun, who rules air and the invisible; Hauhet, whose influence was space and visible matters; and Keku, whose domain was darkness and chaos.

(Mystic Arcana#1/2) - After the time-traveling Magik (Illyana Rasputin) disrupted Heka-Nut's power and shattered his mind with her Soulsword, Heka-Nut wandered off, noting his failure and begging Keku for mercy.

(Marvel Legacy: The 1960s-1990s Handbook trade paperback (2008)'s Where Are They Now? section on Dr. Glitternight / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#3: Dr. Glitternight entry) - Heka-Nut’s scarred shell was returned to the canopic jar in the 11th century BC, and its dark mystical energies served as a beacon to those of alien being “Glitternight,” who was bound to the shell. Over millennia, the composite being became Dr. Glitternight.

Comments: Created by unidentified parties;
    adapted to Marvel by David Sexton and Louise Simonson.

    I asked <Louise> to include Kek or Kuk or Keku because he was part of the Ogdoad of Hermopolis. These were four pairs of primordial Gods that I sort of equated with the four Elder Gods of Marvel Mythology. Nun and Naunet represented the primeval waters (SET); Heh and Hauhet represented eternity (GAEA); Kuk and Kuaket represented darkness (CHTHON); and Amun and Amunet represented air (or that which is hidden) (OSHTUR). The gods differ from one source to another. So Kek was a manifestation of Chthon, and that is what corrupted Heka-Nut.
--David Sexton

Courtesy of  https://ancientegyptonline.co.uk/

Kuk (Kek or Keku) was one of the eight primordial elements in the Ogdoad creation myth. He represented darkness in combination with his female aspect Kuaket (which is simply the female form of his name). As with the other three male elements, Kuk was depicted as a frog, or as a frog-headed man.

Kuk represented darkness, obscurity, and night. This darkness was the chaotic darkness which existed before the creation of the world. Although he was a god of the darkness, he was also associated with the dawn and given the epithet, the “bringer-in of the light”.

Profile by Snood.

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Keku has not appeared on panel in any Marvel stories

Appearances:
Mystic Arcana#1 (Magik) (August, 2007) - first and third story (McNee) - David Sexton (writer), Eric Nguyen (artist), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
    second story (Magik) - Louise Simonson (writer), Steve Scott (penciler), Kris Justice (inker), Nathan Cosby (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica: Heliopolitans (July, 2009) - Anthony Flamini (head writer, coordinator), Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Paul Cornell (consulting writers), Kevin Sharpe (Heliopolitans entry art), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14 (June, 2010) - Jeff Christiansen & Mike Fichera (head writers/coordinators), Markus Raymond & Mike O'Sullivan (writers, coordination assistants) Stuart Vandal,  Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Kevin Garcia, Gabriel Shechter, Jacob Rougemont, Rob London, Rich Green, Chris Biggs, David Wiltfong, Jeph York, Mark O'English, & Mike Gagnon (writers), Kevin Sharpe (Heliopolis entry art)., Mark D. Beazley (editor, special projects), John Denning (associate editor), Alex Starbuck (assistant editor). Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)


First posted: 10/03/2021
Last updated: 10/03/2021

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