Halloween leaves me rather cold, especially all the kitschy stuff that seems to be around at the moment. Do we really need more plastic pumpkins or rubber skeletons? Isn’t there enough junk in the world?
However, I do love gargoyles, especially ones that are hundreds of years old. I had one of those “How silly am I?” moments when I learnt that the word gargoyle refers to throat, because gargoyles are really water spouts! (Gargle, gurgle, see the connections?) You can see the gutter in this photo. Let’s bring back gargoyles instead!
They were made to look ugly on medieval churches because they represented evil. They were a visual reminder in an illiterate society. As the gargoyles were on the outside of the church, the message was that inside the church was safer than outside. But gargoyles aren’t always mythical creatures. In the photos below you can see a pig and sheep. These are on the fascinating Southwell Minster, England.
These following photos are from French churches and cathedrals.