Then they put his armor in the temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. (1 Chronicles 10:10)

Dagon was the chief god of the Philistines and he was worshipped in the physical form of half-man and half-fish. He was known as the god of the grain and the harvest. Many temples were built where Dagon was worshipped. It was in such a temple where the Philistines placed the Ark of the Lord when they captured it in war. The details of this occurrence are described in 1 Samuel 4, 5. Samson‟s final battle also took place in a temple of Dagon and is described in Judges 16:23-31.

Dagon was worshipped in the following ways:

  1. Child sacrifice
  2. Required statues to be made and worshipped, in this case in the likeness of a half-man half-fish
  3. Rejoiced over the capture of their enemies such as Samson (Judges 16:23)
  4. They brought the trophies of their victories such as the Ark of the Covenant and the head of Saul into the temple of Dagon (1 Samuel 31:9-10; 1 Chronicles 10:10)
  5. They avoided eating fish, in reverence to their god

Names Dagon is worshipped under today
Neptune, half-man, half-fish king of the ocean
Marine spirits

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