Yahwey is Dagon
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The Philistine god Dagon received a bad press in the Bible, because he was Yahweh's chief rival at the time and also a more popular deity. One writer claimed that the mere presence of Yahweh's ark in Dagon's temple, as a spoil of war, destroyed Dagon's image and caused the temple to be deserted forever (1 Samuel 5:1-5). This seems to have been mere wishful thinking, because a century or so later the cult of Dagon was still lively, and the Philistine god received the head of Saul as another spoil of war (1 Chronicles 10:10).
Actually, the fish-tailed god Dagon was just another form of the Babylonian Ea or Oannes, king of the sea, who in turn was the basis for the legend of Jonah. An icon of the fish-tailed god, or of his human-headed spirit arising from the mouth of a fish, was later reinterpreted as Jonah emerging from his whale. Dagon or Oannes also represented the sun going down into the sea and "reborn" from the waters, the latter personified as his mother-spouse, Atargatis or Derceto. 1 It was this mystic birth that gave rise to the derivative legend of Jonah's incubation and rebirth from the "womb" of the whale, as it was called in earlier biblical translations.
One of the names of this Mesopotamian deity actually suggested that he was identified with the biblical Yaweh at some period in his history. The name was given as Yah-Daganu, meaning literally: Yahweh is Dagon."
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