Moon God and part of the Theban triad as the son of Amun and Mut
Khonsu is depicted as a youth wrapped in mummy-bandages. He holds a crook, flail and waas sceptre although in some instances he can be seen holding the djed pillar (the backbone of Osiris). He wears a menat necklace and has the side lock of youth plus a crescent of the full moon. His cult centre and principal place of worship was at Thebes where he had a temple within the precincts of the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Khonsu as a sky deity can also have the head of a hawk
It was thought that his name was derived from the words for placenta (kh) and king (nsw) and that he was the personification of the royal placenta, which was preserved after the birth of the king, wrapped in a cloth and fixed to the top of a pole, to become one of the four standards which were carried at the head of the royal procession. However, another train of thought is that his name comes from the verb “to cross over” giving the meaning “He who traverses [the sky]” – more appropriate for a moon god.
The nature of Khonsu in the Pyramid Age is quite different from his character at Thebes in the New Kingdom. In the spell which aims to give the king power to hunt and eat certain deities, thereby absorbing their strength, Khonsu is seen as a bloodthirsty god who helps to catch and slay the victims.
Khonsu assisted Thoth to calculate time and he was also a healing god, the latter recorded on a stele found in his temple at Thebes purporting to have been erected in the reign of Ramses II but probably set up during either the Persian of Ptolemaic period in attempt to recall past glories.