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Sep 25, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Some information about gargoyle from googling


When talk about gargoyle, you must have seen the water spouts with faces decorating some of the architectural buildings. These are nothing but the ancient grotesque designs created by certain sculptors. These are also known as gargoyle sculptures. These ancient monumental characters are now turned into gargoyle tattoos that are huge hits among the youths.

The gargoyles are said to outcast the evil spells on one’s life and bring good omen. The elaborate grotesque characters used to keep evil at bay and protect the occupants of the particular building. .

In ancient Egypt gargoyles were used for spouting out the water used for washing ceremonial vessels on the temple roofs. In Greek temples, the marble water spouts often took the shape of lion heads. The gargoyles that we have come to know and love adorned the medieval cathedrals of Europe. Nobody can say for sure what these fantastic carvings depicted, since no definitive historical records exist to enlighten us. They probably served, however, to incite the imagination into fits of storytelling, since this was a pre-literate age.

Not all gargoyles spout water. Some of these stone carvings are purely ornamental, and are more properly referred to as ‘chimera’. Chimera are mythical creatures dating back to a number of cultures, including Ancient Greece, Egypt, Persia and China and are creatures combining the features of two or more different animals.

Griffon designsOne of the most famous of the chimera is the Griffon, Griffin, or Gryphon (spelling depending upon culture of origin), the legendary figure with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Sometimes the griffin is depicted with an eagle’s talons, or a lion’s claws, and occasionally the griffon has elongated ears. Such creatures were often featured in heraldic crests, as the lion and the eagle were both considered to symbolize nobility.

Sometimes, these gargoyle combine two or more animals. In Mythology, they are called “chimera”. The most famous in this genre is of griffin or griffon as it is called. It combines the features of a lion and an eagle. . Also, a human skull is sometimes one of the gargoyle tattoos. It also is said to protect oneself from premature death.. They also believe in their traditional values.

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