Dagon was a major northwest Semitic god, reportedly of grain and agriculture. He was worshipped by the early Amorites and by the inhabitants of the cities of Ebla and Ugarit. He was also a major member, or perhaps head, of the pantheon of the Biblical Philistines. This position as major god of the enemies of the Ancient Israelites led to Dagon's demonization in the Hebrew Bible.His name appears in Hebrew as ???? (in modern transcription Dagon, Tiberian Hebrew D??├┤n), in Ugaritic as dgn (probably vocalized as Dagnu), and in Akkadian as Dagana, Daguna usually rendered in English translations as Dagan.
In Ugaritic, the root dgn also means grain: in Hebrew d?g?n, Samaritan d?gan, is an archaic word for grain, perhaps related to the Middle Hebrew and Jewish Aramaic word dgn? 'be cut open' or to Arabic dagn 'rain-(cloud). The Phoenician author Sanchuniathon also says Dagon means siton, that being the Greek word for grain. Sanchuniathon further explains: "And Dagon, after he di