Ancient Egyptian Mythology - Gods - Khonsu

 
Ancient Egyptian Mythology

 
KHONSU (Khensu, Khons)

Symbols: cresent moon, hawks, knives
Cult Center: Thebes
Myths: "the Princess of Bekhten"

Khonsu was a moon-god and the son of Amon-Re and Mut. His name derives from the root, "khens" which means to travel, to move about, to run. He was usually portrayed as a man with the head of a hawk and wearing the lunar disk. He was also shown as a child with the sidelock of youth.

Khonsu was a very old god of primitive times. Khonsu was associated with the moon and was considered a form of Thoth by the Thebens, and it was in Thebes that Ramses III built the "House of Khonsu in Thebes, Nefer-hetep".

It was said that when Khonsu caused the cresent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, and all nostrils and every throat were filled with fresh air.