God of the Week: Dagon
God of the Week 9/21/09: Dagon
Dagon was a Semetic god of agriculture. The oldest records of Dagon date back to 2500 BCE.
He took of the form of a half man half fish figure and was the head of a pantheon of more than 200 gods in the ancient NW Levant. In the preface of the Hammurabi Code, King Hammurabi refereed to himself as “the subduer of the settlements along the Euphrates with the help of Dagan, his creator”. His temple, known as the Marneion, was destroyed by the Roman army in 402 CE in the Roman Empire’s mission to decimate local religions and replace them with Christianity.
Dagon is mentioned in Hebrew mythology, in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 5, in which the Hebrew god Yahweh gives the followers of Dagon hemorrhoids for having the Ark of the Covenant in their possession.
Dagon remains alive in popular culture today. He is featured in the works of HP Lovecraft, John Milton, and the video game “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion“.