The Stone Monster

I mentioned in an earlier post that gothic gargoyles were downspouts on medieval cathedrals and that they got (or gave?) their name from/to the sound the water made rushing out of their mouths (gurgle, gurgle).

But another role they served was to intimidate evil spirits. And who wouldn’t be intimidated by these garish gargoyles? This stone carving, incidentally, is on the Notre Dame de Paris.

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