Khonsu Temple Relief of Karnak Temple, Egypt

Khonsu Temple Relief of Karnak Temple Egypt
Khonsu Temple by Manna

The Temple of Khonsu is a temple from ancient Egypt. It is inside the large Amun-Re precinct at Karnak in Luxor, Egypt. The building is an example of a New Kingdom temple that is almost finished. Ramesses III built it on the site of an older temple. The sphinx-lined path that led to the Luxor Temple ended at the entrance to this temple. During the time of the Ptolemies, Ptolemy III Euergetes built a large gate and a wall around the temple. Only the gate still stands today. During the time of Herihor, writing was added to the front of the temple. Khonsu is the ancient Egyptian god of the moon. His name can also be written as Chonsu, Khensu, Khons, Chons, or Khonshu. His name means “traveler,” which may have something to do with how people think the moon moves across the sky each night. He kept track of time, just like Thoth did. Khonsu played an important role in giving all living things new life. At Thebes, he was part of a family group called the “Theban Triad.” His mother was Mut, and his father was Amun. Image by Manna is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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