Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kbonsura A. Wilson
The ancient African lunar deity, Khonsu, was the divine child of Amen-Ra and Mut during the new kingdom. He was the son of Het-Heru and Sobek at Kom Ombo and was revered as the spirit of light in the night sky. He was associated with the placenta of the per-aa (pharaoh). Ancient Africans wrote about Khonsu in the earliest Pyramid and coffin texts as the aggressive spirit who aligned himself with the deceased king to put down enemies in the Underworld, devouring their life force to absorb their strength for the benefit and protection of the King. ...