Usage Egyptian Mythology
Other Forms FormsMenthu, Mont, Monthu, Montju
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Contributor Contrib.Ora on 5/1/2014
Means "nomad". In Egyptian mythology he was the god of war, depicted with a falcon's head while holding various weaponry, and said to manifest himself as a white bull with a black face (bakha). Originally a manifestation of the scorching effect of the sun (Ra), he was sometimes known as Montu-Ra, and eventually this destructive characteristic led to him being associated with warrior and thus becoming a war-god. He was at one point one of the holy trinity of Egyptian gods, along with Amun and his adopted mother Mut, until he was replaced with Khonsu. Many of Egypt's general-kings would call themselves Mighty Bull, the son of Montu, and several pharaohs took the name of Mentuhotep in his honor. His consorts included Tenenet, Iunit, and Raet.