Main article: Shi'ar Dictionary

A Shi'ar "galaxian" stated that they "learn[ed] nearly every spoken languages".[1]

The Shi'ar have multiple forms, including the High Shi'ar, used for formal events,[2] and Shi'ar Glorkon dialect.[3]

Mostly for tactical terms or insults, the Shi'ar insert words of their language into English sentences.


The Shi'ar are defiant toward arts such as drawing or music. They considered that music distorted perception.[4]

They fought the Fianden, a species of artists, musicians, singers, painters and carvers... with such beautiful creations that it could enter the Shi'ar and destroy their minds, save for those "defective", able to dream.[4][5]

Although, the Shi'ar did not forbid arts on conquered worlds,[4] and they at least produce theatre, such as the Absurdist Shi'ar play "The Spaceship That Wasn't There" (allegedly very "successful in its dialectic".[6]


Main article: Shi'ar Law


Traditionally, the Imperium aggressively absorbed new cultures. The story of the Shi'ar deities Sharra and K'ythri was a parable which guided the Shi'ar expansionist philosophy to other worlds:

"Sharra and K'ythri are the gods in marriage. The gods who didn't want to marry, but were forced into it. In marriage they found strength and in strength they found love. That's what the Shi'ar Imperium does. It marries other cultures. Shotgun weddings."[7]

Their philosophy and traditions impacts the Shi'ar Law in violent ways (Arin'nn Haelar, a trial by combat)[8] or uncompromising, such as the fact Shi'ar courts don't recognize insanity.[9]


The Shi'ar are mostly followers of Sharra and K'ythri, but atheists exist as well.[10] The believers go to church.[11]

In the Shi'ar belief, K'ythri promised the Eternal Sky as an afterlife to the faithful.[2]

The Feast Day of Sharra and K'ythri is one of the religious moments of the Shi'ar Empire, and is always used as a pretext for a ceremonial display of military might.[12]

Gladiator once prayed to Rao.[13] Who or what is Rao is unknown as far.


  1. Uncanny X-Men #477
  2. 2.0 2.1 X-Men Unlimited #5
  3. All-New X-Men #24
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #57
  5. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #58
  6. Star-Lord #8
  7. Starjammers #1-4
  8. Avengers Vol 3 #35
  9. Thanos #10
  10. X-Men Vol 2 #189
  11. Mighty Thor Vol 2 #15
  12. Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #4
  13. X-Force Vol 2 #5
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