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Khonsu Sightings

  • Pyramid Text 273 ("The Cannibal Hymn") 3001BC

    In this text, the king asks his bud Khonsu to destroy the pharaoh's enemies. Unas describes the moon god as his deputy of destruction: Khonsu "slaughters the lords" and "cuts their throats for Unas," among other things. Yowza.

  • The Dispute Between a Man and His Ba 2001BC - 1801BC

    In this story, a depressed dude chats to his ba, his soul in bird form, about how sad he is. The man calls on the gods to witness his misery. He asks the deities to have some sympathy for him and even requests that Khonsu, who helps decides men's fates, to defend him. Khonsu's love surely went out to this guy's heart—if Khon didn't tear it out first!

  • The Bentresh Stele 601BC - 100

    This story tells of Pharaoh Ramses II, who fell for a woman from a foreign land. When Rammy's honey's sister became possessed by a demon, the king sent a statue of Khonsu as healer to her. Khonsu shooed the demon out and saved the pretty princess's life.

  • The Cosmogony of Khonsu 401BC - 100

    In this version of the creation of the world, Khonsu's got a big part to play. The god Amun creates a lot of stuff, then travels to the city of Thebes in the form of Khonsu. This story, written on the walls of the temple at Karnak, also shows a snake—Khonsu—creating the world by impregnating an egg.

  • Greek Magical Papyrus 201BC - 500

    In this prayer to Khonsu from the Greco-Roman era of Egypt, the devotee butters up the god. He remembers Khonsu's reputation as a god of healing, as well as his vengeful side, when chatting with the deity. Talk about flattery.

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