Khonsu: The Ancient Egyptian Lunar Deity

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Khonsu is a deity associated with the moon. He is often depicted as a man with a falcon's head crowned with the lunar disk and crescent. He was also depicted young mummified boy. Khonsu is considered one of the offspring of the ancient Egyptian triad of deities along with his parents, Amun (a major god associated with the air and the sun) and Mut (a goddess associated with motherhood and the sky). His tomb is found at the Karnak Temple Complex.
Khonsu's name is thought to mean "traveler" or "pathfinder," which is fitting given the moon's cyclical phases and its regular journey across the night sky. He was often invoked for protection during nighttime and travel, and he was associated with the measurement of time. Both Khonsu and Thoth have lunar associations. While Khonsu is more directly linked to the moon, Thoth is also connected to lunar symbolism and cycles. Thoth, as a god of wisdom and writing, was sometimes invoked in matters related to time and calculations, similar to Khonsu's association with timekeeping.

Khonsu and Thoth at the Karnak Temple
Khonsu and Thoth depicted on the walls of the Karnak Temple.

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