Dagon (“fish” or “fishlike”) was originally a Philistines and Semitic god of grain and agriculture. His consort was called Belatu (“Lady”), although some sources claim his wife to be the goddess Shala or the goddess Ishara. He was the primary god of the cities of Ma-Ne, Irim, Sipishu, Siwad, Tuttul, Uguash, and Zarad. Dagon was a powerful and war-minded protector as a god; he was described as having the lower body of a fish.
Dagon was later demonized during the introduction of Christianity; he was said to have been one of the Fallen Angels, formerly of the Order of Archangels. He was ranked with various titles, both grand and superfluous, such as grand pander of the royal household, judge of the dead, master baker of Hell, and prison guard of the seven children of Emmesharra. There is a story that says when the Philistines captured the Ark from the Israelites they placed it in a temple of Dagon’s. The Ark then destroyed the statue of Dagon by destroying its upper half, leaving only its lower fish half intact.