Mentu


(prehistoric/mythic)



by T. Apiryon
Copyright 1995 Ordo Templi Orientis. All rights reserved.


Also known as Mont, Menthu or Monthu, and referred to as the "Lord of Thebes." Egyptian solar/martial god, and Nome-god of Hermonthis (Annu Qemau). The Greeks identified him with Apollo and Ares.

Mentu is depicted as a male deity with a falcon's (or bull's) head, clad in an apron, wearing a crown with a disk and two tall ostrich plumes, holding a phoenix wand in his left hand and an Ankh in his right hand; or brandishing a scimitar. His sacred animal was the bull. Ankh-af-na-Khonsu, one of Crowley's claimed previous incarnations, whose funerary tablet served as the Stele of Revealing, was a priest of Mentu.

References:

Budge, Sir E.A. Wallis; The Gods of the Egyptians [1904], Dover, NY 1969
Forlong, J.G.R.; Faiths of Man, a Cyclopaedia of Religions [Bernard Quaritch, 1906], University Books, NY 1964
Viaud, J.; "Egyptian Mythology" in The New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, Hamlyn, NY 1959/1968


5/11/95

Originally published in Red Flame No. 2 -- Mystery of Mystery: A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism by Tau Apiryon and Helena; Berkeley, CA 1995 e.v.