Anhur “God of Hunting” was a god of war who was worshipped in the Egyptian area of Abydos, and particularly in Thinis. Myths told that he had brought his wife, Mehit, who was his female counterpart, from Nubia, and his name reflects this—it means (one who) leads back the distant one. One of his titles was Slayer of Enemies. Anhur was depicted as a bearded man wearing a robe and a headdress with four feathers, holding a spear or lance, or occasionally as a lion-headed god (representing strength and power). In some depictions, the robe was more similar to a kilt.

Roles Due to his position as a war god, he was patron of the ancient Egyptian army, and the personification of royal warriors. Indeed, at festivals honoring him, mock battles were staged. During the Roman era the emperor Tiberius was depicted on the walls of Egyptian temples wearing the distinctive four-plumed crown of Anhur. The Greeks equated Anhur to their god of war, Ares. In the legend of Olympian gods fleeing from Typhon and taking animal form in Egypt, Ares was said to have taken the form of a fish as Lepidotus or Onuris.

In popular culture Anhur is a playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena, SMITE. Anhur is a Hunter wielding a spear and bears the title the Slayer of Enemies and is shown in his (anthropomorphic) lion form maintaining his beard, robe, and a crown incorporating four large feathers. Anhur is a chaotic god in the computer game NetHack/Slash’EM. Onuris has a minor role in the 2012 fantasy novel The Serpent’s Shadow as a presumed dead god who is revived in order to destroy the Lord of Chaos, Apophis. Anhur is one of the 20 bosses you fight in the video game Boss Rush: Mythology. The American death metal band Nile did two tracks about Anhur in their 2000 album Black Seeds of Vengeance, called Masturbating the War God and Libation unto the Shades Who Lurk in the Shadows of the Temple of Anhur.