Dagon: known to us as the god whom Samson pulled down after he was blinded, crushing all who were at the festivities. Yet his image has remained in some surprising alterations.
He was known as the Fisher King, or mer-man with a cloak of scales that resembled a fish. There are tales of a people known as 'The Shining Ones' who wore cloaks of many overlapping colours that shone in the light hence their name. Perhaps Joseph was given one of those cloaks?
So if Dagon was one of those 'Shining Ones', a people garbed in cloaks that glowed from within, a people known to possess great wisdom, beauty and longevity who brought science and culture wherever they landed, it stands to reason that the civilization that accepted him would in time come to raise him to the status of their God.
Dagon was eventually forgotten by history, those cultures that worshiped him erased by time as new cultures arose. But the Shining Ones did not disappear, though they had been hunted through the ages. Instead they had to resort more often to hiding their true nature and their offspring to safeguard their bloodline.
Which is why the tale of the Fisher King is surprising giving Jehovah's hatred of Dagon. In a legend glorifying a Christian king we find that the keeper of the Holy Grail is a Fisher King and that his kinsman Parcival is the only one of Arthur's knights who is worthy of finding the Grail. Why 'Fisher King'? Some surmise it's because after the injury to his groin he could only find peace when fishing, but if we look at the earlier tales of enlightened beings, their outer garments and their bloodline, a suitable explanation is that the Fisher King was one of the Shining Ones (hence his longer than average life even when wounded).
Parcival has to heal the king by asking the question "Whom does the Grail serve?" The answer is the King himself and by asking the right question, the King and the land is healed. Which brings another interesting tale, this of Cronus..................
Cronus, also known as Saturn has not the best of reputations and rightly so. He castrated his father with an adamant scythe and ate his own children. He is a god in Egypt, Greece and Rome but a surprising ancient text claims the ten kings of Atlantis were adopted as the Egyptian pantheon. If that were true, then Cronus was a real flesh and blood being. Perhaps a 'Shining One', with superior strength, wisdom and longevity, but ultimately mortal. So why did he castrate his father?
The legend has it his mother asked him to and he obliged, partly out of loyalty to her and also out of a desire to supplant him. So why not just kill his father outright?
Ancient civilizations believed that the health (in particular reproductive health) of the King was tied to the fertility of the land. In ancient Cambodia the King had to make a nightly climb to the top of the Celestial Palace to pay homage to the Serpent Goddess who would appear in human form. Should he fail in his task, the kingdom would be destroyed. The ancient Celts would sacrifice their king should the crops fail and famine approached, believing he had failed in his duty as king and had displeased the gods. Only his blood shed would restore the fruitfulness of the land.
So if the Atlanteans believed that the health of the King determined the health of the land, then what would happen to a King who became injured or ill? The ancients did not have food storage as we do. If the crops failed one year there would be hardship and many would die. So the King could not be allowed to remain on the throne, either he would be forced to step down or executed. If one wanted to commit regicide, perhaps, like Cronus who had the added incentive of making his father suffer, then one simply had to deal the king a blow, such as to the groin. There could only be one outcome: the King must then be removed.