D is for Dagon

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, young adultThis one is less a creature and more a deity.

Dagon is the ancient Philistine god of corn (fertility) and fish (multiplying).

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From a bas-relief at the Louvre

He’s merman who’s all about grain–and his rather cool hat.

His name in ancient Hebrew means corn. Later he became a fish or fishing god (possibly because of misinterpretations of ancient texts) is now more popularly known as Dag which means fish.

Corn. Fish. Corn. Fish. Either way, he’s all about fertility and multiplying.

Did I mention that he’s a merman with a colorful tail?

Sources:

  • http://www.mythicalcreatureslist.com/mythical-creature/Dagon#sthash.ZDREnNXr.dpuf
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagon

Public Domain Image source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dagon1.jpg

Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? If so, be sure to let me know in the comments.

Do you know of other half fish deities? Have you ever wondered why these creatures have never been depicted with the head of a fish and the legs of a human?

10 comments on… “D is for Dagon”

  1. I’m learning about very unusual gods. A fish with human legs – would it live in or out of water?
    Love the tail, would look good as an tapestry design.


    • Diana Beebe


      Good question! With a fish head, I guess it would have to live in water, right?

      A tapestry would be pretty of that tail!

  2. Stopping by on the A to Z Challenge visiting blogs like mine with less than 100 followers. I love the look of your blog and its tag line 🙂 Learnt something new as had never heard of Dagon. I do like the sound of a tame dragon to control the squirrels – I sure could do with one!!
    Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace


    • Diana Beebe


      I’m so glad you stopped by! A tame dragon is a great idea–I want one too. 🙂

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