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 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:
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