Gargoyle Garden Statue for Protection




Source: Wikipedia
Gargoyles (in the strict sense) are carvings on the outside of buildings originally designed to direct water from the roof away from the base of the walls.
Some gargoyles are undecorated but many are elaborate creatures - often very imaginative and/or grotesque. When drainage was introduced, the gargoyle stayed for decoration purposes. This led to the term 'gargoyle' being applied more widely to any grotesque carving in medieval buildings. 

Gargoyles are thought to fight off evil and offer protection for your house and garden. They can stand guard and ward off unwanted spirits and other creatures. If they're hideous and frightening they can scare off all sorts of things. They are supposed to come to life and protect the surrounding areas around a dwelling while everyone is asleep, keeping it safe and secure.

If you have a large home and you want a gargoyle for protection, make sure it has wings to fly as it is believed that winged gargoyles will fly around the whole area, circling the home, watching and turning away evil. They return to their places when the sun comes up (and no-one can prove that they weren't out and about, and no-one respectable who rises and sets with the sun is going to be mistaken by them for an enemy and be dealt with).
 
 
 

So what about the rather tame looking ones? It is believed that some of the slightly grotesque gargoyles may depict concepts that were much simpler for people in medieval times. For example, pulling your lips wide apart in a grimace using your hands and trying to look scary ("gurning") was a terrific joke. Presumably it was also more scary than now, given that any kind of deformity could be worryingly reminiscent of deformity from incurable diseases or unexplained acts of God or devil, both things to be feared in medieval times.

Gargoyles are generally made from stone and are a symbolic protection for the home. People say if you stare at them for long enough, the gargoyle will appear to move. The gargoyle sits best at the front of your home where it can keep a watchful eye.

Each day as you walk past your gargoyle, thank it for protecting your home.

 

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2 comments:

  1. Even though I'm not superstitious about them, I think gargoyles add a really nice effect to home exteriors and gardens. They don't have to be scary or grotesque. They can be cute or funny, like in the last two pictures. My wife and I have been looking to get some nice statues for our garden. We're not sure if we want a gargoyle, but we definitely want something with the same effect. We want it to look like it moves when you stare at it long enough, like you described withe gargoyles. Hopefully we can find something we like! http://www.omniquemall.com/dept-30110

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  2. I've always loved gargoyles, aesthetically. I never knew they were originally invented as, in so many words, drain spouts. But I guess it makes a lot of sense. I would love to get a couple for my garden and front porch. http://www.moderngiftworld.net/np1-listing-dept-30110

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