A solar deity who was
worshipped at Thinis and Sebennytus, he is thought to have been
a more aggressive aspect of Re and as such is known as the "Slayer
of the Enemies" (he is sometimes depicted as standing in
the prow of the sun-bark with a lance in his hand ready to destroy
enemies). However, Anhur was not always connected with violence,
he may also be representative of the creative powers of man (he
was also a patron against enemies and pests).
Anhur was united with
the god Shu in later times of ancient Egypt, to form the dual
god Anhur-Shu. His mother was a form of Hathor; Her-t.
Anhur was epescially
popular in the New Kingdom - during his festival mock battles
were staged in his honour (Anhur remained popular after the New
Kingdom, especially in Abydos - he was to be called Onouris by
the ancient Greeks).