|“||You still don't get it...The more you push me down, the bigger I grow. I gave you everything and now you think you can ignore me? Don't forget...I know who you really are.||„|
In art, Khonsu is typically depicted as a mummy with the symbol of childhood, a sidelock of hair, as well as the menat necklace with crook and flail. He has close links to other divine children such as Horus and Shu. He is sometimes shown wearing an eagle or falcon's head like Horus, with whom he is associated as a protector and healer, adorned with the sun disk and crescent moon.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: Khonsu can lift (press) 60 tons.
- Superhuman Durability: Khonsu possesses superhuman durability that allows him to withstand unspecified levels of injury.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his god-like durability, it is possible to injure Khonsu, but any damaged tissue heals much faster and better than even the healthiest human.
- Immortality: He is extremely long-lived and is immune to disease and aging.
- Magic Manipulation: Khonsu can manipulate mystic energies for supernatural effects such as interdimensional teleportation, telepathy, healing the injured, resurrection, earthquakes and to grant superhuman powers to mortal beings.
- Lunakinesis: Khonsu was seemingly able to manipulate objects made out of moonrocks.
- Power Absorption: Khonsu was able to steal the powers of various heroes and store them inside some Ankhs.
- Super-Genius Intelligence
Khonsu was the son of Amun and of Mut, air goddess of the Egyptian pantheon. He was the brother of Montu and Bes.
The worship of these gods by the inhabitants of the Nile River Valley began around 10,000 BC, although Khonsu was worshiped even before, since the prehistoric times. Since then, Khonsu and Ra have been warring against each other, having been reborn again and again through earthly avatars, with Khonsu beating Ra in every instance.
Myths and Legends
Khonsu's name reflects the fact that the Moon travels across the night sky, for it means "traveller", and also had the titles "Embracer", "Pathfinder", and "Defender", as he was thought to watch over those who travel at night. As the god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect against wild animals, 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.
Khonsu is mentioned in the Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts, in which he is depicted in a fierce aspect, but he does not rise to prominence until the New Kingdom, when he is described as the "Greatest God of the Great Gods". Most of the construction of the temple complex at Karnak was centered on Khonsu during the Ramesside period. His temple at Karnak is in a relatively good state of preservation, and on one of the walls is depicted a creation myth in which Khonsu is described as the great snake who fertilizes the Cosmic Egg in the creation of the world.
Khonsu's reputation as a healer spread outside Egypt; a stele records how a princess of Bekhten was instantly cured of an illness upon the arrival of an image of Khonsu. King Ptolemy IV, after he was cured of an illness, called himself "Beloved of Khonsu Who Protects His Majesty and Drives Away Evil Spirits".
Locations of Khonsu's cult were Memphis, Hibis and Edfu.