Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Dagon, the national god of the Philistines, or, as some think, the generic name of a set of beings such as the satyrs or Fauns of classical mythology. The cities Ashdod and Gaza were the headquarters of his worship, and he is generally supposed to have been represented as having the head and hands of a man with the lower parts of a fish. There is some doubt, however, upon etymological grounds whether he was a maritime god or the god of corn and fertility.