Mont (Menthu) was the Theban God of battle whom the Greeks, due to his photo voltaic character, recognized with Apollo. He seems atthe starting of the Middle Kingdom when he was notably honored by the kings of the eleventh dynasty, lots of whom took the title Menthu-hetep, ‘Mont is happy.’
He is normally represented as a personage whose falcon head is surmounted by the photo voltaic disk and two tall straight plumes. At a later interval he additionally seems as a person with a bull’s head embellished with the identical attributes. The bull was really the animal sacred to him. The bull by which he most popular to develop into incarnate was the celebrated Buchis which was piously tended at Hermonthis, the solar’s residence in Upper Egypt. Hermonthis was the previous capital of this area and Mont, the solar God, was for a lot of lengthy centuries its lord and grasp earlier than he was demoted to second rank by his former vassal, Amon of Thebes, who grew to become king of the Gods.
Having ousted Mont, Amon, whose spouse was barren, wished to undertake him as divine son within the Theban Triad; however the former sovereign of your complete area couldn’t lengthy be blissful in such a subordinate place. Mont due to this fact selected to dwell aside at Hermonthis, of which he remained the uncontested grasp, and at Medamud, within the suburbs of Thebes, the place quite a few votaries got here to worship him in firm together with his spouse Rat-taui.
A photo voltaic God of warlike character, Mont was represented because the God of battle underneath the New Kingdom. He brandished the khepesh, which was a form of very curved scimitar, and minimize off the heads of the Pharaoh’s enemies. We see him providing the Pharaoh his invincible weapon and main his vanquished enemies in chains. Temple bas-reliefs additionally typically present Mont, as solar God of the South, withAtum, solar God of the North, escorting the king into the sanctuary.