Khonsu

Khonsu
Khonsu.svg
Khonsu in human form
Name in hieroglyphs
Aa1
N35
O34
M23G45G7
Major cult centerThebes
Symbolthe moon disk, the sidelock, falcon, crook and flail, was-scepter
Personal information
ConsortBast
ParentsAmun/Ra and Mut/Hathor
SiblingsMaat, Apis, Tefnut, Sekhmet, Bast, Shu
Khonsu, the ancient Egyptian moon-god, was depicted either as a falcon wearing the moon-disk on his head (left) or as the child of Amun and Mut.

Khonsu (also Chonsu, Khensu, Khons, Chons or Khonshu) is the Ancient Egyptian god of the moon. His name means "traveller", and this may relate to the nightly travel of the moon across the sky. Along with Thoth he marked the passage of time. Khonsu was instrumental in the creation of new life in all living creatures. At Thebes he formed part of a family triad (the "Theban Triad") with Mut as his mother and Amun his father.

Mythology

His name reflects the fact that the Moon (referred to as Iah in Egyptian) travels across the night sky, for it means "traveller", and also had the titles "Embracer", "Pathfinder", and "Defender", as he was thought to watch over those who travel at night. As the god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect against wild animals, and aid with healing. It was said that when Khonsu caused the crescent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, and all nostrils and every throat was filled with fresh air.

"Khonsu" can also be understood to mean "king's placenta", and consequently in early times, he was considered to slay the king's (i.e. the pharaoh's) enemies, and extract their innards for the king's use, metaphorically creating something resembling a placenta for the king. This bloodthirsty aspect leads him to be referred to, in such as the Pyramid texts, as the "(one who) lives on hearts". He also became associated with more literal placentas, becoming seen as a deification of the royal placenta, and so a god involved with childbirth.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Chonsoe
Alemannisch: Chons
العربية: خونسو
azərbaycanca: Xonsu
বাংলা: খোংশু
български: Хонсу
brezhoneg: C'honsou
català: Khonsu
čeština: Chonsu
dansk: Khonsu
Deutsch: Chons
Ελληνικά: Χονσού (θεός)
español: Jonsu
Esperanto: Ĥonsu
euskara: Khonsu
فارسی: خونس
français: Khonsou
한국어: 콘수
हिन्दी: खूंसू
hrvatski: Khonsu
italiano: Khonsu
עברית: ח'ונסו
ქართული: ხონსუ
lietuvių: Chonsas
magyar: Honszu
македонски: Консу
മലയാളം: ഖോൻസു
მარგალური: ხონსუ
مصرى: خنسو
Bahasa Melayu: Dewa Khons
Nederlands: Chons
日本語: コンス
norsk: Khonsu
occitan: Khonso
polski: Chonsu
português: Khonsu
română: Khonsu
русский: Хонсу
Scots: Khonsu
Simple English: Khonsu
سنڌي: خونسو
slovenčina: Chons
slovenščina: Honsu
српски / srpski: Консу
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Konsu
suomi: Khonsu
svenska: Khonsu
Türkçe: Khons
українська: Хонсу
اردو: خونسو
Tiếng Việt: Khonsu
中文: 孔斯