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Ancient Egypt /
1. Introduction
2. Gods
3. Concepts
4. Cult
5. Cult centres
6. Necropolises
7. Structures

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Other spellings: Anhur; Inhert; Onouris; An-Her; Anhuret; Han-Her


In Ancient Egyptian Religion, god of war and hunting. Onuris became the patron of the Egyptian army. Among his titles was "Slayer of Enemies."
His name meant "he who brings back the distant one," and one theory goes that he was introduced from foreign cults, while other theories make indigenous to Egyptian religion. 'Onuris' was his Greek name, his most common Egyptian name was 'Anhur'.
Onuris became especially popular during the 11th Dynasty (early Middle Kingdom).

Egyptian belief had given him the role of being the one to bring back the sun to light every morning. His epithet 'Son of Re', was linked to this role, and his association with Shu, they becoming Onuris-Shu, before Onuris fully absorbed Shu.
His wife, Mehit, is told to have been from Nubia, Onuris brought her back to Egypt, she being the 'Eye of Re'.

He was represented as a bearded man in a robe and a headdress of 2 or 4 tall feathers, holding a lance. On a few occasions he could appear as a lion-headed god.

In Onuris' festivals, mock battles were fought. Onuris was worshiped in This, near Abydos, where he was the town-god.
In the Late Period, Onuris became associated with the town of Sebennytos, where a temple was built for him. He would in Ptolemaic times be associated with the Greek war-god, Ares.

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