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The morning sun is a golden apple offered by the hands of Montu,
The Knightly Radiance Who Shines out of Iuny,
Most Honorable Lord Who feeds the mouths of spouses,
That all good words might be spoken between them, and vows renewed.

A 17th Dynasty relief of the Theban God Montu at the Open Air Museum at Karnak. Montu is not only a solar deity associated with war and the military; He is also cited in civil marriage documents, denoting an association with vows and contracts. As a God Who presides over the swearing of oaths, particularly between spouses, Montu was, and is, often honored as a household deity Who ensures fidelity, peace, and happiness in the home. Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.