Study Guide

Khonsu Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970

Pyramid Text 273 ("The Cannibal Hymn")

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.

Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Dispute Between a Man and His Ba

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!

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Bentresh Stele

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.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Cosmogony of Khonsu

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.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Greek Magical Papyrus

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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