Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Lore== ''Supernatural'' depictions of Dagon (both as demon and female) are contrary to real lore. Dagon (Hebrew: דגון, Tib. Dāḡôn) or Dagan (dda-gan 𒀭𒁕𒃶) is an ancient Mesopotamian Assyro-Babylonian and Levantine (Canaanite) [[Deities|deity]]. He appears to have been worshipped as a fertility god in Ebla, Assyria, Ugarit and among the Amorites. The Hebrew Bible mentions him as the national god of the Philistines with temples at Ashdod and elsewhere in Gaza. It always depicted him as a male deity with fish-man form. A long-standing association with the word for "fish" dâg, perhaps going back to the Iron Age, has led to an interpretation as a "fish-god", and the association of "merman" motifs in Assyrian art (such as the "Dagon" relief found by Austen Henry Layard in the 1840s). The god's name was, however, more likely derived from a word for "grain", suggesting that he was in origin associated with fertility and agriculture. This image furthered an evolutionary belief that both men and fish had evolved together from the primal waters. There are three places where Dagon is mentioned in the Bible. The first mention is Judges 16:23, where we are told that Dagon was the god of the Philistines. The Philistines offered "a great sacrifice" to Dagon, believing that their idol had delivered Samson into their hands. First Chronicles 10:10 mentions a temple of Dagon in which the head of King Saul was fastened. Then, in 1 Samuel 5, Dagon is brought to humiliation by the True God of the Israelites. In 1 Samuel 5, The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant, and they carried the ark into Dagon's temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of [the city of] Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord. They took Dagon and put him back in his place. But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord. His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon's temple at Ashdod step on the threshold. The Lord's hand was heavy on the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation on them and afflicted them with tumors. When the people of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, 'The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy on us and on Dagon our god. Dagon also figures into the story of Jonah, as well, although the deity is not mentioned by name in Jonah's book. The Assyrians in Ninevah, to whom Jonah was sent as a missionary, worshiped Dagon and his female counterpart, the fish goddess Nanshe. Jonah, of course, did not go straight to Ninevah but had to be brought there via miraculous means. The transportation that God provided for Jonah (a great fish) would have been full of meaning for the Ninevites. When Jonah arrived in their city, he made quite a splash, so to speak. He was a man who had been inside a fish for three days and directly deposited by a fish on the shores of Assyria. The Ninevites, who worshiped a fish god, were duly impressed; they gave Jonah their attention and repented of their sin. In later Christian demonology and literature Dagon is often described as one of the fallen angels turned demons, notably appearing in John Milton's epic poem ''Paradise Lost''. This is likely due Dagon being seen as a false god in the Bible. 20th Century American horror author [[H.P. Lovecraft]] would later use the name Dagon for one his Great Old Ones, the ancient and enigmatic deities that reside under the seas and in outer space. This version of Dagon is an enormous sea creature, resembling either a fish or amphibian, and is worshiped by both humans and the Deep Ones. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Supernatural Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://supernatural.fandom.com/wiki/Dagon"