Montu, a local Egyptian war god, was worshipped in the surrounding Thebes area, or district, in Upper Egypt. He was known from about 2000 BC, possibly earlier, but came to special prominence overseeing the aggressive posture of the Theban kings from the XI to the XVIII Dynasty (2133-1320 BC). Montu is depicted in human form possessing a falcon head surmounted by twin plumes, a sun disc and the uraeus (cobra). At some stage, probably as Month, be became identified with the sacred bull, Buchis. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 169