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This page is about the mythological god, the fallen angel, and the Kushite god. For the aquatic monster, possibly one of the Great Old Ones, created by H.P. Lovecraft, please consult this page. A few references might consequently be present on both pages, notably due to the fact both the aquatic monster and the Kushite god were active in the Hyborian Age.

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Dagon is one or many beings of multiple origin: Fallen angel, god (degenerated, Hyborian death god, Annunaki), demon, gigantic aquatic creature, Old One...).


Origins and early years

Dagon has multiple origins, or rather many beings have used his names and posed as each other:

An connections between between these Dagons remain speculative,[12][15] although at least one form of the Kushite god matches the known form of the Annunaki god.[17]

Annunaki

Dagon, the Annunaki

Early years

It is speculated that Enlil usurped the name and followers of the monster Dagon who predated him.[12]

Dagon was exiled from Dilmun to the underworld of Irkalla for raping the goddess Ninlil.

He was eventually allowed to return to Dilmun. He was later granted by Anu the Tablets of Destiny, empowering him as supreme organizer of the universe, while Anu served as the Annunaki's figurehead.

Ninlil became his wife at some point.[1]

Great Cataclysm

That tale is the Mesopatamian version of the flood-myth, and is presumably meant to be the Great Cataclysm.
At another point, Dagon planned to annihilate humanity with a great flood, but Ea persuaded him to only punish them.[16]

Annunaki Civil War

When Tiamat and her son Kingu attacked the Annunaki, Tiamat's minions stole the Tablets of Destiny from Dagon, and Kingu used them as a breastplate granting him great power.

They then started the Annunaki civil war, Kingu leading Tiamat's monster-progeny armies (horned serpents, snake-dragons, demonic lions, lion-men, scorpion-men, and bull-men) and besieging Dilmun.[18]

Ba'al (with the help of his brother Ea) usurped Dagon's rule, who had succeeded to Anu and whom they perceived as ineffective.[8]

Dagon sired the giant god Ullikummis, made entirely of impenetrable diorite stone, who grew rapidly and chased Ba'al,[1] though he was later defeated by Ba'al and Ea.[8]

As Anu and Dagon proved incapable of ending the war, Ea's son Marduk offered to lead Anu's forces against the armies of Tiamat, and in return would become the supreme ruler of the Annunaki. He slew Tiamat, defeated Kingu, retrieved the Tablets of Power and slaughtered Tiamat's remaining followers. He then was crowned ruler of the Annunaki.[18]

Age of Acheron=

Dagon was wirshiped as a Death God in Kush at least 16,000 BC.[12]

Hyborian Age

The following tales could be tied to the Kushite god, as they are tied to Black Coast, but could as well be related to the aquatic monster, as they were set in the Western Ocean.

Dagon became Derketa's husband (Derkata was originally Derketo, a male Shemite god whose story was garbled, and eventually became the goddess Derketa to mate with Dagon).

His statue was one of the many in the Temple of a Thousand Gods of Messantia, in Argos.[6] He was chieftain of Kushite gods.[13] Both Derketo and Dagon were worshiped in the temple of Zembabwei, in gold images.[22]

Age of Conan

When Conan and Bêlit came to the Temple of a Thousand Gods to acquire the Iron-Bound Book of Skelos, the priest used his hypnosis powers to have both of them to appear to the other respectively as Dagon and Derketa, for them to fight each other. Conan, triumphing over "Derketa", was able to figure things before he would slay Bêlit.[6]

Antiquity

Biblical times

The ancient Philistines had a legend about Dagon, the Fish-God,[10] and the Philistines worshiped Dagon.[23][24]

The Israelites, now including many idol-worshipers, went to battle with the Philistines, bringing the Ark of the Covenant to ensure their victory. Allegedly, due to God being angry with the Israelites who worshiped idols, the Philistines won the battle and took the Ark. They brought it to their city of Ashdod and placed the Ark in the temple of Dagon. The two next nights, the statue of Dagon fell or broke, and the Philistines returned the Ark to the Israelites, as the prophet Samuel had said they would.[24]

Modern Age

It is suspected that in recent years, Dagon impersonated Yahweh as El, and the leader of violent factions of Angels, such as the Asura.[12]

Dagon and Asteroth at the Devil's Advocacy

At some point, the Kushite and/or the Annunaki Dagon presumably degenerated into a demon, and attended the Devil's Advocacy meeting where many demons discussed of the threat posed by the Serpent.[9]

Powers

The Annunaki Dagon ranked second in power and influence, after his father Anu but before his younger brother Ea.[16]




Weapons

As a death god, Dagon was equipped with the scythe-sword that cut down souls like wheat.[6]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's first paragraph
  2. 2.0 2.1 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Annunaki's entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads' entry
  5. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Nergal's paragraph
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Conan the Barbarian #66
  7. Conan the Barbarian #59
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Ba'al's entry
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Journey into Mystery #627
  10. 10.0 10.1 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon
  11. Savage Sword of Conan #197; A Night in Messantia
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's second paragraph
  13. 13.0 13.1 Conan the Barbarian #62
  14. Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Angels' entry
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Demons' entry
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Ea's paragraph
  17. Conan the Barbarian #59 shows a statue matching the form of Dagon in the Annunaki entry of Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
  18. 18.0 18.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Marduk and Kingu's paragraph
  19. Conan the Barbarian #65
  20. Marvel Comics Super Special #2; Revenge of the Barbarian
  21. Savage Sword of Conan #67; Plunder of Death Island
  22. Savage Sword of Conan #25
  23. Bible Tales for Young Folk #2
  24. 24.0 24.1 Bible Tales for Young People #4
  25. Dagon at Wikipedia.org



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