January 23, 2014

Spit it out

The gargoyles of Paisley Abbey.

Wikipedia says, "a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque, with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between."
"When not constructed as a waterspout and only serving an ornamental or artistic function, the correct term for such a sculpture is a chimera. Just as chimeras, gargoyles are said to frighten off and protect those that it guards, such as a church, from any evil or harmful spirits."
huh. So Victor and Hugo and Laverne in Disney's  Hunchback of Notre Dame were chimeras.

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