Their god Dagan had a temple at Tirqa (near `Ishara, a little below Circesium), the capital of Khana (several kings of which we now know by name), probably taking the place of an earlier deity.
Dagon was in all probability an old Canaanite deity; it appears in the name of the Canaanite Dagantakala as early as the 15th century, and is possibly to be identified with the Babylonian god Dagan.
The identification of Dagon with the Babylonian Dagan is doubted by G.
567 seq.) makes Dagon the inventor of corn and the plough, whence he was called This points to a natural though possibly late etymology from the Hebrew and Phoenician dagan " corn."