Great son to Amun Ra and Mut, Khonsu is the great moon god of Egypt. The word Khonsu means “to travel” or “to run”; Khonsu had a head of hawk with a lunar disk covering the head.

In other images, he looks very youthful with a pronounced set of side locks. A primitive god of ancient Egypt, Khonsu is close to moon and similar in appearance to Thoth.

In his honor, the great Ramses III built the great House of Khonsu in the city of Thebes.

Available religious texts show that he could make women conceive and cattle to breed, just by creating a crescent moon.


Khonsu (alternately Chonsu, Khensu, Khons, Chons or Khonshu) 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…

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Image Credit: “Khonsu” by Jeff Dahl – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

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