Usage Egyptian Mythology
Other Forms FormsChonsu, Khensu, Khons, Chons, Khonshu
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Contributor Contrib.Ora on 5/1/2014
Means "traveler". In Egyptian mythology he was associated with the moon and, along with Thoth, the passage of time, and typically depicted as a mummy with a child's sidelock of hair, crock and fail, and a menat necklace. His titles included Embracer, Pathfinder, and Defender, and he was considered to look over nighttime travelers. As the god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect against wild animals, increase male virility, 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. He was considered instrumental in the creation of new life in all living creatures. He was considered a member of the holy trinity of Egyptian gods, along with Amun and his adopted mother Mut, having replaced Montu. At Kom Ombo however he was worshiped as the son of Sobek and Hathor.