Wisdom Library Logo

Khensu, aka: Khonsu; 3 Definition(s)

Khensu means something in Egypt Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article:

3 Definition(s) from various sources:

Khonsu is the god of the moon and time his cult center was at Thebes along with his parents Amun and Mut at the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. He was associated with Thoth who was also associated withthemoonand measurement of time.

During the early part of Egyptian history he was considered a violent and dangerous god. He appears in the Cannibal hymn' as a blood thirsty deity who helps the deceased king catch and eat other gods and the coffin texts describe him as Khonsu who lives on hearts. Yet by the New Kingdom he was worshiped as the gentle and compassionate son of the god Amun and Mut. He is usually depicted as a young mummiform man in the typical posture of a mummy with a head dress in shape of a crescent moon he can also be depicted as a falcon headed man witha crescent moon on his head, as a young boy with a crescent moon on his head standing on the back of a crocodile. He was great lover of games especialy senet he was frequently depicted play a game of senet against Thoth.

Khonsu's name in hieroglyphics:

Added: 22.Jan.2013 | History of Egypt: Egyptology
Rating: -

The third member of the great triad of Thebes was Khensu, who was declared to be the son of Amen-Ra and Mut, and who was worshipped with great honour at Thebes. Khensu was the "traveller", and as he was a form of Thoth and was identified by the Thebans with the Moon-god the epithet was appropriate.

Under the Early Empire, Khensu occupied a very important position in the mythology of the period as the "messenger" of the great gods, and the "traveller" who journeyed through the sky under the form of the moon. The chief centre of the worship of Khensu in the latter part of the dynastic period was Thebes, where Ramses III built the famous "House of Khensu in Thebes", or "House of Khensu in Thebes, Nefer Hetep".


Added: 10.Jun.2012 | ME Ranch: Egypt
Rating: -

Khonsu is an Ancient Egyptian god whose main role was associated with 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 with Mut as his mother and Amun his father. At Kom Ombo he was worshipped as son of Sobek and Hathor.

Khonsu; (alternately Chonsu, Khensu, Khons, Chons or Khonshu).

Khonsu is typically depicted as a mummy with the symbol of childhood, a sidelock of hair, as well as the menat necklace with crook and flail. He has close links to other divine children such as Horus and Shu. He is sometimes shown wearing a falcon's head like Horus, with whom he is associated as a protector and healer, adorned with the sun disk and crescent moon.

Added: 10.Jun.2012 | WikiPedia: Egypt
Rating: -

Look for other relevant definitions:

Search found 5 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

The daughter of one of the priest-kings of Amen-Ra.
Mut is the consort of the chief god Amun of Thebes and for that reason she is regarded as th...
1 -- Amen is the Great God while Amenet is the Great Goddess. Together, Amen and Amenet func...
Amun is the god of the wind, Thebes and upper Egypt his cuilt center was at Thebes his main ...
Su-, 2 (indecl.) (Vedic su°, cp. Gr. eu)—) a particle, combd with adj. , nouns, and certain ver...

Search through other sources:

Search found 8 books containing Khensu or Khonsu. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the 20 most relevant articles:

- Was this explanation helpufll? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.