Khensu, aka: Khonsu; 3 Definition(s)
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".
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.
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