The fugitives took sanctuary in the temple of Dagon at Azotus.
" But Jonathan burned the temple of Dagon and those who fled into it."
She is everywhere the great female principle, answering to the Baal of the Canaanites and Phoenicians 2 and to the Dagon of the Philistines.
As one of the five chief cities of the Philistines and the seat of the worship of Dagon (1 Sam.
The coast and, descending from Sidon, took Jaffa, Beth-dagon, Beneberak, Ekron and Timnah (all in the district ascribed to the southern Dan).
The male god Dagon has his partner Astarte (qq.v.), and Baal-zebub, a famous oracle of Ekron (2 Kings i.) finds a parallel in the local " baals " of Palestine.'
==Fish== Dagon seems to have been a fish-god with human head and hands; his worshippers wore fish-skins.
High, considerably larger and even more holy than the Shwe-dagon pagoda at Rangoon.
But Dajjal may be derived, by a very common confusion between n and 1, from Dagon, whose name two neighbouring villages bear to this day, while one of the gates of Lydda used to be called the Gate of Dagon.
2 Besides these gods, and others whose fame may be inferred (Dagon, 1 Much confusion can be and has been caused by disregarding"(b) and by supposing that the appearance of similar elements of thought or custom implied the presence of similar more complete organisms (e.g.
DAGON, a god of the Philistines who had temples at Ashdod (i Sam.
But Dagon was more than a mere local deity; there was a place called Beth-Dagon in Judah (Josh.
Dagon was in all probability an old Canaanite deity; it appears in the name of the Canaanite Dagantakala as early as the 15th century, and is possibly to be identified with the Babylonian god Dagan.
The name Dagon seems to come from ddg " fish," and that his idol was half-man half-fish is possible from the ichthyomorphic representations found upon coins of Ascalon and Arvad, and from the fact that Berossus speaks of an Assyrian merman-god.
The identification of Dagon with the Babylonian Dagan is doubted by G.
567 seq.) makes Dagon the inventor of corn and the plough, whence he was called This points to a natural though possibly late etymology from the Hebrew and Phoenician dagan " corn."
The city is dominated by the great golden pile of the Shwe Dagon pagoda, the centre of Burmese religious life.
Electric tramways run to Pazundaung in dne direction and to Alon and Kemmendine in the other, as well as to the foot of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda hill.
It is not improbable that, at least in later times, Dagon had in place of, or in addition to, his old character, that of the god who presided over agriculture; for in the last days of paganism, as we learn from Marcus Diaconus in the Life of Porphyry of Gaza (§ 19), the great god of Gaza, now known as Marna (our Lord), was regarded as the god of rains and invoked against famine.
That Marna was lineally descended from Dagon is probable in every way, and it is therefore interesting to note that he gave oracles, that he had a circular temple, where he was sometimes worshipped by human sacrifices, that there were wells in the sacred circuit, and that there was also a place of adoration to him situated, as was usual, outside the town.
Certain "marmora" in the temple, which might not be approached, especially by women, may perhaps be connected with the threshold which the priests of Dagon would not touch with their feet (1 Sam.