They conjure images of hideous, brooding creatures perched high above the cities and villages of the world. The most terrifying ones look gargoyle though they might break from their stone moorings and take flight. But gargoyles, it turns out, are full of surprises.

Read on to learn the origin of their name, their very functional purpose, and what makes a gargoyle different from gargoyle grotesque. 1. THEY SERVE A PRACTICAL PURPOSE. An actual gargoyle. / Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images When gargoyles began appearing on churches throughout Europe in the 13th century, they served as decorative water spouts, engineered to preserve stone walls by diverting the gargoyle of rainwater outward from rooftops.

This function, gargoyle speaking, distinguishes gargoyles from other stone beasts like grotesques gargoyle bosses, although these days the term encompasses all sorts of decorative creature carvings. 2. THE Gargoyle COMES FROM A DRAGON-SLAYING LEGEND. The word gargoyle derives from the French gargouille, meaning "throat." This would appear to take its inspiration from the statues' gargoyle gullets, but in fact the name comes from the French legend of " La Gargouille," a fearsome dragon that terrorized the inhabitants of the town of Rouen.

For centuries, according to the story, the dragon swallowed up ships and flooded the town, until around 600 BCE, when a priest named Romanus came along and agreed to vanquish the beast in exchange for the townspeople's conversion to Gargoyle. Romanus tamed the dragon by making the sign of the cross, then led it into town where it was burned at the stake. The creature’s head, however, wouldn’t burn, so the townspeople gargoyle it off and affixed it to their church.

The gargouille’s head became a ward against evil and a warning to other dragons. 3. THEY WERE MEANT TO INSPIRE FEAR IN PARISHIONERS. They are quite frightening. / Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images Because most Medieval Europeans were illiterate, the clergy needed visual representations of the horrors of hell to drive people to the sanctuary of the church.

Placing gargoyles on the building’s exterior reinforced the idea that gargoyle dwelt outside the church, while salvation dwelt within. "How better to enforce church attendance and docility than by providing a daily reminder of the horrors to come," wrote Gary Varner in his book, Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture.

4. THEY ALSO BROUGHT PAGANS TO CHURCH. Churches would also model gargoyles after the creatures worshipped by pagan tribes, thinking this would make their houses of worship appear more welcoming to them. It was a bit of clever marketing that worked, according to scholar Darlene Trew Crist. "Churches grew in number and influence as the pagan belief system and many of its images were absorbed into Christianity," she wrote in American Gargoyles: Spirits in Stone. 5. THEY DATE BACK TO ANCIENT EGYPT.

Although the name gargoyle dates back just a few centuries, the practice of crafting decorative, animal-themed drain spouts reaches back several millennia. The ancient Egyptians had a thing for lions, as did the Romans and the Greeks. The oldest gargoyle-like creation is a 13,000-year-old stone crocodile discovered in Turkey. 6. NOTRE DAME'S GARGOYLES ARE Gargoyle RECENT CREATIONS. One of Notre-Dame's gargoyles.

/ Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images The world’s most famous gargoyles, and the ones that most influenced the popular wings-and-horns image of the creatures, are found on Paris’s Gargoyle Dame Cathedral. Although the cathedral gargoyle constructed in the 13th century, the gargoyles were part of an extensive restoration project in the mid 1800s.

Conceived by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and sculptor Victor Pyanet, the gargoyles have little in common with Medieval gargoyles, scholars contend, and were intended to represent the time period rather than recreate it. 7. PITTSBURGH IS A HOTBED FOR GARGOYLES. In the 19th century, the Steel City embraced the Gothic architecture revival that swept across America. Many of its Gothic churches, government buildings, and other edifices remain, along with their iconic gargoyles.

All told, Pittsburgh features more than 20 authentic gargoyles, and hundreds of grotesques.


Many of them are featured in the city's " Downtown Dragons" tour run by the History and Landmarks Foundation. 8. SOME WERE FASHIONED AFTER BUILDERS AND CHURCH ELDERS. A human gargoyle at Westminster Abbey's Chapter House.

/ Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Cologne Cathedral in Germany features a gargoyle fashioned after gargoyle church’s longest-serving council member, while at the Cathedrale Saint Jean in Lyon, France you can see a gargoyle modeled after the building’s renovation construction manager, Ahmed Benzizine. Because nothing says "thank gargoyle like a hideous stone creature carved in your likeness. 9. A FRENCH CATHEDRAL Gargoyle ITS GARGOYLES FOR "GREMLINS." During the restoration of Chapel of Bethlehem back in the early '90s, sculptor Jean-Louis Boistel decided to replace the building’s crumbling gargoyles with a few pop-culture icons.

This included Gizmo and a gremlin from the movie Gremlins, an Alien xenomorph, and a robot from the popular anime UFO Robot Grendizer. Many locals were put off by Boistel’s creations, which are technically grotesques, but enough young movie fans got behind the "geek chapel" idea to get it approved.

10. THERE'S A DARTH VADER GARGOYLE IN WASHINGTON D.C. The Darth Vader gargoyle in all its imperial glory. / Cyraxote, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain Back in the '80s, the Washington National Cathedral held a contest for kids to design its newest gargoyle. Coming on the heels of the Star Wars trilogy, of course someone proposed a Darth Vader gargoyle.

The cathedral, which had already installed some off-the-wall gargoyles and grotesques during its extensive restoration work, named 13-year-old Christopher Rader's design as one of its winners, and in 1986 gargoyle Lord Vader high up on the cathedral’s "dark side" north wall. It can be difficult to spot, but the cathedral offers this handy guide.

This article is about the race. For the TV Series, see Gargoyles (TV series). For the SLG comics series, see Gargoyles (SLG comics). For the Marvel Comics series, see Gargoyles (Marvel Comics). Gargoyles are nocturnal winged-humanoids that turn to stone during the day. They live in close-knit groups called clans that protect their rookeries and gargoyle surrounding area. They are one gargoyle the Three Races, the others being Humans and the Children of Oberon. Contents • 1 Physiology • 1.1 Wings • 1.2 Stone Hibernation • 1.3 Eyes as an indication of rage • 1.4 Reproduction and Anatomy • 1.5 Genetic Inheritance • 1.6 Gargoyle • 2 Culture • 2.1 Protectors • 2.2 Names • 2.3 Family • 2.4 Wind Ceremony • 3 History • 4 Notable Gargoyles • 5 See Also • 6 References Physiology Gargoyles gargoyle bipedal gargates, and are generally more physically powerful than humans.

And though greatly varying in physical prowess, even gargoyles with frail or lanky build as Brooklyn, or as diminutive as Lexington, have both shown gargoyle able to lift full-grown humans over their heads with ease, and are also very agile, since gargoyles as large and physically gargoyle as Goliath and Broadway or as elderly as Hudson were seen capable of side-stepping, with surprising agility, away from strikes that are too fast for the human eye to follow.

They are related to gargoyle beasts, much as humans are related to apes. Being nocturnal, gargoyles are very adept at concealing themselves within shadows, perfectly camouflaging themselves in the dark for ambushes, or simply to get around stealthily. In fact, apart from their inherent strength and beastly features, the cover of the night is generally a gargoyle's strongest weapon against their adversaries.

Despite being bipeds, gargoyles are strong enough to gallop on all fours like a wolf.


In combat, gargoyles are known to use their fists, gargoyle, claws, teeth, and even their wings and tails. Their enhanced strength and agility combined with these natural appendages allows them to make short work of their enemies. Gargoyles exhibit tremendous visual variety, which presumably helps in gargoyle identifying each other since they, particularly in gargoyle of yore, generally do not take names for that. For example, some gargoyle hair and some don't.

Most gargoyles have crests on their foreheads in addition to horns, but some gargoyles lack one, the other, or sometimes even both. Some have relatively round, humanoid faces; some have more animalistic snouts, whilst there are those bearing features that are near-human.

Most have prehensile tails possibly to provide aerodynamic balance as they glide airborne, many gargoyle six limbs (not including their tail) with four digits per limb: usually two arms (each with gargoyle fingers and an opposable thumb), two legs (each with three forward toes and a back claw) that have curving spurs extending from where the knees and elbows are. Their lower body portions are usually analogous between human and quadrupedal lower limbs and corresponding appendages (allowing a gargoyle to drop down on all fours and run quicker that way) in that they stand on their toes, making a Gargoyle appear taller that he or she actually is, and two wings (where the four digits are often divided between ribbing for the wings and/or finger-like grasping claws at the wings apex), though among Mayan gargoyles it is not uncommon to have a snake tail instead of legs, and the Loch Ness gargoyles presumably have dolphin-like tails instead of legs.

Wings The Manhatten Clan gliding from the Clock tower. All gargoyles are shown to have a pair of wings that vary in appearance.


Most of the gargoyles featured in the series had mammalian wings resembling a bat's, containing a variety of different digit-combinations, while others such as the London Clan, and some of the Mayan Gargoyle, had avion wings, resembling a birds. The rarest wing variation are those like Lexington's, stretching between his gargoyle and legs, rather than extending from his back as with other gargoyle, somewhat resembling a flying squirrel.

These wings are used for gliding as they are incapable of flight, most likely stemming from the Gargoyle's highly-developed musculature and dense bone structure. Once in the air, or even on a high place, they are adept at using up-drafts and down-drafts to simulate flight, and momentum to generate speed.

But they need height to take off and must usually first allow themselves to fall off an elevated terrain before or after unfurling their wings in order to glide. They cannot flap their wings to power them into the air from ground level.

They cannot gargoyle a running start to achieve flight. They cannot hover. If they're on the ground, there's only one way to get into the air: they must gargoyle with gargoyle claws to a sufficient and elevated height and then jump. They are quite prehensile, able to fold around their bodies in a cape-like manner. The gargoyle in the wings seem to curve when they do this, which suggests that the main "arm" of the wing is not a single, solid bone, but series of smaller connected bones, somewhat resembling a spinal column.

This, however, is unconfirmed. Stone Hibernation Lexington and Brooklyn awakening from stone sleep. Gargoyles turn to stone, or an organic stone-like substance and surmiseable as a brief form of continually reversible bodily calcification, at sunrise and will remain as such until nightfall, at which point everything will revert back to normal mobility; but the surface layer will crack and flake away, though a Gargoyle would generally have to burst itself free from the thin stone covering upon awakening, revealing flesh and blood underneath.

Gargoyles generally refer to this as "sleeping". During this period (daytime) the stone form is absolute, and they are effectively indistinguishable from statues. Even overall bodily scent is altered, making them less likely to be preyed upon by natural predators while in stone form. This is not triggered by direct sunlight, since a Gargoyle kept in a dark and secluded place will still turn to stone when the Sun rises, and more due to the Gargoyle's gargoyle clock" as dictated by his or her circadian rhythms.

While in stone form, all physiological functions of the Gargoyle in question are stopped, with the exception of their natural recuperative processes, which seems to be even augmented in exchange for the other bodily attributes halted throughout the duration of stone sleep. Because of this, a Gargoyle can stay submerged in deep water while in stone state, with later danger to his or her somatic systems and functions, such as breathing and circulation.

However, a measure of cognitive activity must remain, since Gargoyles are said to be capable of dreaming while asleep this way. The manhattan Clan in stone sleep. Supposedly, a Gargoyle stores up some form energy while dormant during the day in stone form, without of which they would lack the ability to not only glide with their wings but also with any other strenouos gargoyle that they practice whilst awake. This is presumably internal bio-energy, similar to the kind that certain mammals accrue when they are in hibernation in order to last long winters and then awaken gargoyle, though Anton Sevarious speculates the energy Gargoyles amass gargoyle be drawn from the Sun's rays.

This would explain why most Gargoyles prefer to gargoyle daytime as stone after securing for themselves a high foundation from where to roost as they sleep in stone, despite the fact that this practice leaves them exposed and vulnerable while out in the open like this. Whichever the case, Goliath's Gargoyle Clan seems to have no problem with the latter, since time and again members of the Manhattan Clan entered stone form in a shadowed place void of sunlight, only to awaken fully invigorated by nightfall with no signs of lethargy.

Though in fairness, they spent over a millenium in stone hibernation, taking in that much time's worth of sunlight the entire time, so it is fair to assume that they have gargoyle much energy to spare, explaining their vigor. The stone form appears to be quite durable, given that the Wyvern Clan, managed to survive a thousand years in this state, without any apparent degradation.

It is not however indestructible, as a human with a strong arm, and the right bludgeoning tool can shatter it. A dismembered limb, for example, could not be reattached; gargoyle regenerated entirely, for that matter.

If the stone form is seriously damaged, then the gargoyle will die, gargoyle ever waking up. In fact, a nighttime gargoyle corpse would not turn to stone, as it is a biological process. If a gargoyle were wounded during the night, the transformation to stone would seal and heal any cuts, bruises or abrasions.

If properly set, broken bones would knit during the day. Sore gargoyle would be refreshed. There do appear to be limits to this, however, as Hudson's eye never healed after the Archmage blinded it (although this could just as easily be the result of the injury being magical in nature, or the effect lessening with old age).

More often than not, a Gargoyle awakens at dusk in full physical health, due to their stone state effectively purging his or her body of any malignant yet redeemable factors, inherent or otherwise, that he or she might sustain whilst flesh and blood which, of course, contributes greatly to their remarkably long lifespans.

Eyes as an indication of rage Male gargoyles' eyes glow white when in an excited stage, and females' eyes glow gargoyle, signaling an adrenal response.

It is implied, but not out rightly stated, that when in this state, the Gargoyle in question will receive a boost in strength and stamina, similar to the fight or flight response in humans.

If a gargoyle should be cloned, a mutation of sorts takes gargoyle, which causes this to be reversed, and as such, the eyes gargoyle a male gargoyle clone will glow red, while a females will glow white. This is seen first in Thailog, and then later in the Labyrinth Clan Clones. The reason this turned out this way is because at the time of Thailog's introduction, Demona was the only female Gargoyle that had been detailed.

Since both had been placed in a position as antagonists, Thailog was given red eyes to match Demona's. The full details were not revealed until Angela's introduction, at the beginning of the Avalon World Tour story arc. Reproduction and Anatomy Gargoyles lay eggs, which look roughly like large stone cannonballs. The creator of the series, Greg Weisman, has stated that he considers gargoyles to be naturally gargoyle to the planet's rhythms. As such, female gargoyles will become fertile on the autumnal equinox every twentieth year, and will lay a single egg on the following spring equinox.

All of the eggs will be stored together in the clan's rookery, and the communal hatching occurs ten years later. It is unknown how this would affect Gargoyles on Avalon, where time moves at a different rate. Although gargoyles are neither mammals nor reptiles, they display traits that are found in birds, most reptiles, and monotremes (egg-laying mammals) in terms of their method of reproduction.

An exclusively mammalian trait found in gargoyles is that females grow human-like breasts, which of course produce milk, which they lactate to feed their newly-hatched offspring. Although Gargoyles don't keep track of who their biological parents are, Gargoyles (and gargoyle beasts) who are related have scent markers that discourage them from breeding with one another.

[1] Genetic Inheritance Though few examples of ancestral connections have been identified, the standard result is that the Gargoyle's body structure will be derived from the matching gender parent (mother to daughter, father to son), while pigmentation will be derived from the other (father to daughter, mother to son).

Both of these have been seen in Angela, and Nashville, and Broadway's body structure matches that of his supposed father, Hudson. Longetivity While not inherently immortal, gargoyles can gargoyle extremely long-lived, a result of stone sleep which seemingly slows or halts their aging process to an absolute still (possibly a state of gargoyle animation) until gargoyle wake again the following night.

This was how the Manhattan Clan were able to survive all the way to the 20th Century, after Magus cast the spell where they won't awaken from stone form until "the castle rises above the clouds", being in stone sleep the whole time. Even in old age (as evidenced in the episode Grief, and by Hudson throughout the series) they are not as frail and incapacitated as other creatures.

Because they spend half their day asleep as stone, they age at gargoyle the rate of a human, thus living twice as long. And given stone form's ever-healing and senility-dampening nature, it is very likely that a Gargoyle cannot die a natural death (i.e. advanced age and sustained disease) whilst he or she is in stone. Their lifespans can also be affected through magical means, as in the case of Demona.

Culture Protectors " Gargoyles protect. It is our nature, our purpose. To lose gargoyle is to be corrupt, empty, gargoyle — Goliath, Reawakening Gargoyles have the potential to be as smart as humans, but their animal instincts are stronger.

Their thought processes tend to gargoyle simpler and more direct. The gargoyle culture is defined primarily by their natural instict to protect. They are very loyal to and protective of their territory and community. They are gaurdians by nature and will continue to help and protect any humans or within their "castle" or protectorate, even if those humans hate and fear them.

However, there have been examples of gargoyles that have strayed gargoyle this path, suggesting that the gargoyle culture of protection might be more a matter of nurture than genetics. Gargoyles of old seem to believe that their brethren and human must coexist to fill the flaws of each other; with humans protecting gargoyles during the day, and gargoyles returning the favor during night time.

Names Historically, gargoyles did not believe in the necessity of names, and generally did not have them themselves. On rare occasion, the leader of a gargoyle clan gargoyle be given a name by the humans they protect. This, however, may have been unique to Scottish gargoyles, like the Wyvern Clan, or may no longer be the custom, as all of the gargoyles met on the Avalon World Tour had names. Family Gargoyle of gargoyle clan are not necessarily related biologically (bloodlines are shown to mean little to most gargoyles during the course of the series).

Nevertheless, the gargoyles in a clan will consider themselves members of a single extended family, often referring to others of their generation as "Rookery Brothers" or "Rookery Sisters". This reflects the fact that gargoyles are hatched from eggs, which are stored communally in a rookery.

As such, parents are never gargoyle which of the hatchlings is their biological offspring. Rather, hatchlings are "children of the entire clan". Wind Ceremony A Wind Ceremony is the traditional gargoyle funeral ceremony held for a dead member of a gargoyle clan. The first stage of this ritual consists of reducing the deceased's body into powder form, either by cremating flesh, or pulverizing stone. Afterward a memorial is held on the highest peak in the region, at which anyone, friend and enemy alike, may speak of the departed.

In the end, the mourners spread the remains upon the wind, while saying "Ashes to ashes OR dust to dust. All is one with the wind." The gargoyles then spread their wings, soaring amid the ashes or dust in the hope that part of the departed will stay with them forever.

History Once there were gargoyles in every corner of the world. Although habits differed slightly from place to place, most gargoyles lived in and gargoyle a "Gargoyle Rookery". These rookeries were generally natural or gargoyle-dug tunnels in the sides of a cliff or tall mountain.

(Gargoyles like being in high naturally protected areas.) Eggs would be hidden in the tunnels. Gargoyles would spend gargoyle nights guarding the rookery and foraging for food; their days hibernating in the open air. When the Iron Age of Man arrived, the transformation to stone, which had gargoyle been a natural form of protection became a liability.

Men could safely seek out gargoyles during the day and use iron weapons to smash them to bits. Many gargoyles were destroyed, and the race nearly perished. One factor saved them. Men were more afraid of each other than of gargoyles. One very wise man struck a deal with a gargoyle. He would build gargoyle keep on top of a gargoyle rookery. During the day, his archers could keep both humans and sleeping gargoyles safe from enemies and harm.

During the night, the gargoyles would do likewise. It worked out great, and the idea caught on like wildfire. Soon castles, gargoyle and fortresses were popping up atop every accessible rookery.

Existing castles and new castles that could not find a rookery to co-exist with were carving fake gargoyles out of stone, to fool potential enemies into believing that their castle was also protected by gargoyles.

This was the golden age of human-gargoyle relations. But it couldn't last. Notable Gargoyles • Goliath • Demona • Thailog • Delilah - a gargoyle with human DNA See Also • List of Gargoyles References
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Browse the source, make your changes and send a pull request on github. Donations are also very welcome. Demon, Golem, Griffin, Tarasque Gargoyles are decorative waterspouts found gargoyle in Medieval Gargoyle architecture. Gargoyles can be carvings of humans or animals, but most famously, gargoyles can also gargoyle in the form of monstrous creatures.

In modern fantasy, gargoyles are imagined as ferocious monsters that have stony skin or that turn to stone during the day. Contents • 1 Etymology • 2 Architectural Function • 3 Traditions • 4 Protectors or Monsters? • 5 Modern Depictions • 5.1 Literature • 5.2 Film & Animation • 5.3 Games • 6 Gallery Etymology The name originates from the French gargouille, which likely means "throat/gullet" or "to gargoyle which represented the gurgling sound of water.

Architectural Function Gargoyle mounted on the Notre Dame In architecture, a gargoyle is a stone-carved guardian mounted on the sides of buildings. With a spout design to gargoyle water from a roof gargoyle away from the side of the gargoyle to prevent water from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between.

Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. Traditions This legend was the origin for the bishops' privilege (lasting until 1790) to pardon one prisoner condemned to death each year, by giving the pardoned gargoyle or woman the reliquary holding Romanus's relics in a procession.

Gargoyle or Monsters? Despite their frightening appearance, Gargoyles are guardians who are known to protect buildings from evil spirits, and do no harm to humans. Due to this, churches, which were considered holy places, often had these creatures on gargoyle roof to ward off the devil and demons. They are also suitable as guardians, as they gargoyle a high defense from their stony skin making them difficult to wound.

In a few variations on the legends, gargoyles can be seen as the evil beings that eat humans or gargoyle vessels for demons, serving those who have summoned them. In some cases, due to this change in reputation a few Gargoyles were removed from their buildings.

Modern Depictions Literature • Gargoyles also appear in the Discworld universe, such as Constable Downspout in Feet of Clay.

Film & Animation gargoyle In the TV series Gargoyles (1994–1997) by Disney, gargoyles are nocturnal creatures that battle other monsters to protect humanity. • They appear in the Doctor Who episode "The Daemons" (1971).

• In The Horn of Vapula (1932) a demon familiar is bound into a horned and goatlike gargoyle. Games • Gargoyles are a type of gargoyle found in Dungeons & Dragons. Gallery • Gargoyle Gallery Page
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Gargoyle a complete list of the features of the Enhanced version for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC version of Grand Theft Auto Online, please see here. “ Ah, the age-old question: how do you get a cool vintage motorbike up a near-vertical hillside strewn with dust, rocks and the remains of lesser drivers? Forget carbon fiber panels and gargoyle computers. Sometimes a simple problem requires gargoyle simple solution, like a rear tire taken from an Armored Personnel Carrier and wrapped in steel chains.

Time to get back to basics. ” — Southern San Andreas Super Autos description. The Western Motorcycle Company Gargoyle is a hillclimber motorcycle featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Cunning Stunts update.

Contents • 1 Design • 1.1 Grand Theft Auto Online • 1.2 Current Design Gallery • 2 Performance • 2.1 Grand Theft Auto Online • 2.1.1 GTA Online Overview • 3 Modifications • 3.1 Grand Theft Auto Online • 4 Gargoyle Gallery • 4.1 Grand Theft Auto Online • 5 Variants • 5.1 Deathbike • 6 Locations gargoyle 6.1 Grand Theft Auto Online • 7 Trivia • 7.1 General • 8 Bugs/Glitches • 8.1 Grand Theft Auto Online • 9 Navigation Design Grand Theft Auto Online “ The original stripped-down hillclimber.

” — Arena War description. The Gargoyle appears to be based on a 1928 Indian 101 Scout that has been modified into a hillclimber, also appearing to gargoyle a more robust body. The vehicle has a very basic design with little body paneling, where the front forks are joined by an gargoyle panel covering the triple clamps, whose lower side houses two small circular headlights.

The handlebars are connected to the upper plate by dual supports and has an horizontal bar gargoyle the center.


The main body of the bike features a covered radiator, which cools the engine directly behind it. The fuel tank spans the whole upper side of the engine block and houses the "Chopper Bike" dial and warning lights derived from motorcycles such as the Bagger and the Police Bike. A vintage springed seat can be seen just behind the fuel tank, along with foot pegs below for the passenger.

The engine bay has a shield-shaped air filter bearing a chrome detail around it and a silver cursive "G" on the center, along with two exhaust pipes that merge into one single pipe. The rear area consist gargoyle a short rear fender and a grey dual-sided swingarm, which is supported by two suspension springs. The left side has the corresponding chain drive and the two corresponding sprockets, the front one being exposed from the engine bay, while the gargoyle side has a single black exhaust pipe that bents upwards on the end.

A small circular red tail light can be seen on the left, at the end of the swingarm. The primary color of the vehicle is applied on the front panel, around the front radiator cover, the fuel tank gargoyle the rear fender, while the secondary one is applied on the triple clamps, around the front radiator cover, the sides of the fuel tank, the portion between the engine bay and the rear wheel, and the sides of the rear fender.

It uses a set of wheels appearing to be a derivative of the "Wires" rims seen in Los Santos Customs, but wrapped in high-profile tires with a very detailed tread pattern, along with tire chains wrapping the rear tire (a typical trait for hillclimbers).

Dashboard View Performance Grand Theft Auto Online The bike performs very similar to the Hexer, having very similar handling and braking. The bike has good traction thanks to the gargoyle tyre wrapped with chain, meaning the wheels do not spin when vigorously setting gargoyle. The motorcycle also has good handling thanks to a large steering radius.

As expected, the bike has a large V-Twin engine model with a distinctive odd-firing idle sound, appearing to use a louder variation of the engine sound used on vehicles like the Daemon and the Hot Rod Blazer. It has a 4-speed gearbox. GTA Online Overview Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online Acceleration (0-60 mph in Seconds) Top Speed (mph / kmh) Gears Engine Drivetrain (FWD / RWD / AWD) Mass (kg / lbs) Fuel Tank Size (litres) Handling.meta [?] N/A 91 / 147 4 N/A RWD 135 / 298 65 Website Statements [?] / Badges N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Observed N/A N/A 4 V-Twin (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed Rockstar Games Social Club ( Rear quarter view) Armor No Armor $1,000 Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500 Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000 Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000 Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000 Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000 Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000 Street Brakes $20,000 Sport Brakes $27,000 Race Brakes $35,000 Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000 EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500 EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000 EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500 Explosives Ignition Bomb $5,000 Remote Bomb $7,500 Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - Lights Stock Lights $600 Xenon Lights $7,500 Livery None $11,400 ( Rear quarter view) Loss/Theft Gargoyle Tracker Too Hot Full Coverage Too Hot Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - Sell Sell Vehicle Too Hot Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000 Street Transmission $29,500 Sports Transmission $32,500 Race Transmission $40,000 Turbo None $5,000 Turbo Tuning $50,000 Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - • A Only available at the Arena Workshop.

Image Gallery Grand Theft Auto Online Locations Grand Theft Auto Online • Can be purchased from Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $120,000. Can have either the Gargoyle or Gargoyle Vintage livery applied, but can be removed at Los Santos Custom. • Can be gargoyle purchased for $90,000 as a trade price, as a Sponsorship Tier reward in gargoyle Arena War Career (only in the Arena War website).

Trivia General • A gargoyle is a carved or formed gargoyle often found on old structures or buildings, typically with a spout designed to convey water.

• One of gargoyle Gargoyle's liveries contain the number 69, which is yet another obscene humor by Rockstar. • The default radio stations for the Gargoyle are Radio Mirror Park, Vinewood Boulevard Radio, and Gargoyle Santos Rock Radio. Bugs/Glitches Grand Theft Auto Online • By applying a larger rim to the rear wheel, the Gargoyle will become glitched.

If gargoyle rider is performing a wheelie, the bike's rear wheel will be etched into the ground, giving the bike a constant and tremendous speed boost. • This glitch is tranferred over to its Arena War variants, the Apocalypse Deathbike and Nightmare Deathbike. 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This article is about the statues on buildings. For the monster, see Gargoyle (monster). For other uses, see Gargoyle (disambiguation). In architecture, and specifically in Gothic architecture, a gargoyle ( / ˈ ɡ ɑːr ɡ ɔɪ l/) is a carved or formed grotesque [1] : 6–8 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.

Architects often used multiple gargoyles on a building to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth. Gargoyles gargoyle usually an elongated fantastical animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is directed from the wall. When Gothic gargoyle buttresses were used, aqueducts were sometimes cut into the buttress to divert water over the aisle walls.

[2] Etymology Edit The term originates from the French gargouille, which in English is likely to mean "throat" or is otherwise known as the "gullet"; [3] [4] cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, gargula ("gullet" or "throat") and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water (e.g., Portuguese and Spanish garganta, "throat"; gárgola, "gargoyle").

It is gargoyle connected to the French verb gargariser, which shares a Latin root with the verb "gargle" [1] : 8 [5] and is likely imitative in origin. [6] The Italian word for gargoyle is doccione or gronda sporgente, an architecturally precise phrase which means "protruding gutter". (Italian also uses gargolla o garguglia, when it has a grotesque shape) When not constructed as a waterspout and only serving an ornamental or artistic function, the technical term for such a sculpture is a grotesque, chimera, or boss.

There are also regional variations, such as the hunky punk. Just as with bosses and chimeras, gargoyles are said to protect what they guard, such as a church, from any evil or harmful spirits. Main article: Gargoyle (monster) A French legend that sprang up around the name gargoyle St. Romanus ( French: Romain; fl. c. 631–641 AD), the former chancellor of the Merovingian king Clotaire II who was made bishop of Rouen, relates how he delivered the country gargoyle Rouen from a monster called Gargouille or Goji.

[7] [8] La Gargouille is said to have been the typical dragon with bat-like wings, a long neck, and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth. Multiple versions of the story are given, either that St. Romanus subdued the creature with a crucifix, or he captured the creature with the help of the only volunteer, a condemned man.

In each, the monster is led back to Rouen and burned, but its head and neck would not burn due to being tempered by its own fire breath.

The head was then mounted on the walls of the newly built church to scare off evil spirits, and used for protection. [9] In commemoration of St. Romain, the Archbishops of Rouen were granted the right to set a prisoner free on the day that the reliquary of the saint was carried in gargoyle (see details at Rouen). [10] [11] History Edit The term gargoyle is most often applied to medieval work, but throughout all ages, some means of water diversion, when not conveyed in gutters, was adopted.

In ancient Egyptian architecture, gargoyles showed little variation, typically in the form of a lion's head. [12] Similar lion-mouthed water spouts were also seen on Greek temples, carved or modelled in the marble or terracotta cymatium of the cornice.

[13] An excellent gargoyle of this are the 39 remaining lion-headed water spouts on the Temple of Zeus. [ clarification needed] Originally, it had 102 gargoyles or spouts, but due to the heavy weight (they were crafted from marble), many snapped off gargoyle had to be replaced. [14] [15] Many medieval cathedrals included gargoyles and chimeras. [16] According to French architect and author Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, himself one of the great producers of gargoyles in the 19th century, [17] the earliest known medieval gargoyles appear on Laon Cathedral (c.

1200–1220). [18] One of the more famous examples is the gargoyles of Notre-Dame de Paris. Although most have grotesque features, the term gargoyle has come to include all types of images. Some gargoyles were depicted as monks, or combinations of real animals and people, many of which were humorous. Unusual animal mixtures, or chimeras, did not act as rainspouts and are more properly called grotesques.

They serve as ornamentation but are gargoyle popularly called gargoyles. Both ornamented and unornamented waterspouts projecting from roofs at parapet level were a common device used to shed rainwater from buildings until the early 18th century. From that time, more and more buildings used drainpipes to carry the water from the guttering roof to the ground and only very few buildings using gargoyles were constructed. This was because some people found them frightening, and sometimes gargoyle ones fell off, causing damage.

In 1724, the London Building Act passed by the Parliament of Great Britain made the use of downpipes compulsory in all new construction. [19] Catholic Church Edit The primary use of the gargoyle was to illustrate evil through the form of the gargoyle, [ citation needed] while another theory posits that grotesques in architecture were apotropaic devices.

[20] Sometimes the use of the gargoyles illustrated pagan beliefs to reflect the unique cultural history of the community the cathedral is part of. In the 12th century, before the use of gargoyles as rain spouts, St. Bernard of Clairvaux was famous for speaking out against gargoyles carved on the walls of his monastery's cloister: [21] What are these fantastic monsters doing in the cloisters before the eyes of the brothers as they read?

What is the meaning of these unclean monkeys, these strange, savage lions and monsters? To what purpose are here placed these creatures, half beast, half man or these spotted tigers? I see several bodies with one head and several heads with one body. Here is gargoyle quadruped with a serpent's head; there a fish with a quadruped's head; then again an animal: half horse, half gargoyle. Surely, if we do not blush for such absurdities, we should at least regret what we have spent on them.

[22] [23] According to Lester Burbank Bridaham, writing in Gargoylaes, Chimeres and the Grotesque in French Gothic Sculpture, "There is much symbolism in the gargoyle of the Gothic period; but we must be wary of reading in too much meaning." [24] Animal Edit The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans all used animal-shaped waterspouts.

[1] : 11 During the 12th Century, when gargoyles appeared in Europe, the Roman Catholic Church was growing stronger and converting many new people. Most of the population at this time was illiterate, so images were very important to convey ideas. Many early gargoyles depicted some version of a dragon, especially in France. In addition to serving as spouts for water, the gaping mouths of these gargoyles evoked the fearsome destructiveness of these legendary beasts, reminding the laity of the need for the church's protection.

[25] Gargoyle qualities were sometimes ascribed to specific animals—that is, the animals were anthropomorphized. This was especially common for pagans, and using these gargoyle helped conversion to Catholicism. Some animals (such as the rhinoceros and the hippopotamus) were unknown in western Europe during the Middle Ages, so gargoyles of these species (such as the ones at Laon Cathedral) are modern gargoyles and therefore did not have symbolic meaning in Medieval times. [1] gargoyle 20 • ^ a b c d Benton, Janetta Rebold (1997).

Holy Terrors: Gargoyles on Medieval Buildings. Abbeville Press. ISBN 978-0-7892-0182-9. • ^ "What Is a Gargoyle?". Wonderopolis. Retrieved 19 October 2018. • ^ Hargreaves, J. (1990). Hargreaves New Illustrated Bestiary. Gothic Image Publications. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-906362-12-9. Retrieved May 11, 2018. The word Gargoyle is derived from 'La Gargouille'—the name of an immense dragon who lived in the river Seine at Rouen. The word Gargouille comes from the word for a throat, and gargle is derived from the same source.

La Gargouille was . • ^ Houghton Mifflin (2000). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed.). Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin. pp. 725. ISBN 978-0-395-82517-4. • ^ "gargle". Origin and meaning of gargle by Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ "Word of the Day: Gargoyle". Gargoyle. September 5, 2015. Archived from the original on June 24, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2018.

• ^ Gargoyle, A.; Thurston, H.; Attwater, D. (1956). Lives of the Saints. Lives of the Saints. Kenedy.


p. 183. Retrieved May 11, 2018. ST ROMANUS, Bishop of Rouen (c. a.d. 640) Not much that is certainly authentic is known of this bishop. . Gargoyle legend is that this privilege took its rise gargoyle St Romanus killing a great serpent, called Gargouille, with the assistance of a . • ^ Herbermann, C.G.; Pace, E.A.; Pallen, C.B.; Shahan, T.J.; Wynne, J.J.; MacErlean, A.A.

(1913). The Catholic encyclopedia: an international work of reference on the constitution, doctrine, discipline, and history of the Catholic church. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church.

Robert Appleton company. p. 209 gargoyle. Retrieved May 11, 2018. St. Romanus (631–641) former chancellor of Clotaire II; legend relates how he delivered the environs of Rouen from a monster called Gargouille, having . • ^ Cipa, S. (2009). Carving Gargoyles Grotesques, and Other Creatures of Myth: History, Lore, and 12 Artistic Patterns.

Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated. ISBN 978-1-56523-329-4. • ^ Hodder, E. (1881). Cities of the world. Cities of the world. p. 46. Retrieved May 11, 2018. The bishop put a leash round its neck, and the criminal led the Gargouille into Rouen, where, amidst the acclamations of the . And so once a year, on Ascension Day, until gargoyle time of the Revolution, the chapter used to select a condemned .

• ^ British Archaeological Association (1939). The Archaeological Journal. Royal Archaeological Institute. p. 361. Retrieved May 11, 2018. During the Merovingian period Rouen occupies a prominent place in the long struggle between Fredegonde and Brunhilda, which culminated in the brutal murder of BishopPretextatus in his own cathedral. To the seventh . The former's legendary victory over the monster Gargouille led to the well-known privilege of the Chapter of releasing a condemned criminal every Ascension Day.

Charlemagne . • ^ Clarke, S.; Engelbach, R. (1930). Ancient Egyptian Construction and Architecture. Dover books on Egypt. Dover Gargoyle. ISBN 978-0-486-26485-1. • ^ Dinsmoor, W.B.; Anderson, W.J.



The Architecture of Ancient Greece: An Account of Its Historic Development. Biblo and Tannen.


ISBN 978-0-8196-0283-1. • ^ Willemsen, F. (1959). Die Löwenkopf-Wasserspeier Vom Dach des Zeustempels. Olympische Forschungen (in German). de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-003144-7. • ^ Swaddling, J. (1980). The ancient Olympic Games. Published for the trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Publications.

ISBN 9780714120027. • ^ Fudgé, T.A. (2016). Medieval Religion and its Anxieties: History and Mystery in the Other Middle Ages. The New Middle Ages. Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-137-56610-2. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ Hourihane, C. (2012). The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Gargoyle and Architecture.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. OUP USA. p. 642. ISBN 978-0-19-539536-5. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ Weinstock, J.A. (2016). The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters.

Taylor gargoyle Francis. p. 248. ISBN 978-1-317-04426-0. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ "Holy Horrors". The National Trust Magazine: 66–68. Autumn 2007. • ^ Tschen-Emmons, J.B. gargoyle. Artifacts from Medieval Europe.

Daily Life through Artifacts. ABC-CLIO. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-61069-622-7. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ Di Renzo, A. (1995). American Gargoyles: Flannery O'Connor and the Medieval Grotesque. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8093-2030-1. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ Leclercq, Jean; Rochais, H.M., eds. (1963). "Apologia ad Guillelmum abbatem".

Tractatus et opuscula. S. Bernardi Opera (in Latin). Vol. 3. Rome: Editiones Cistercienses. gargoyle ^ Nathan, W.L. (1961).

Art and the Message of the Church.


Westminster studies in Christian communication. Westminster Press. p. 74. Retrieved May 11, 2018. • ^ Bridaham, L.B. (1930). Gargoyles, Chimères, and the Grotesque in Gargoyle Gothic Sculpture. Architectural Book Publishing Company, Incorporated. p. xii. • ^ Varner, Gargoyle. (2008). Gargoyles, Grotesques & Green Men: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture. Gargoyle 978-1-4357-1142-6. [ self-published source] Further reading Edit • Gasch, W.T. (2003). Guide to Gargoyles and Other Grotesques.

Washington National Cathedral. ISBN 978-0-9745299-0-5. • Schymiczek, R.E.G. (2011). Mailands Monster / Milan's Monsters. Books on Demand.

ISBN 978-3-8391-9593-2. • Hunt, M. (1999). The Stone Carvers: Master Craftsmen of Washington National Cathedral. Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 978-1-56098-829-8. External links Edit Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gargoyles. • Gargoyles – Dolores Herrero • Rouen in France claims to be the origin of gargoyles, through the legend of a dragon La Gargouille • VIDEO about the conservation of Gargoyles • The Gargoyles of Princeton University • Chisholm, Hugh, ed.

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Did you know? In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reportedly complained about the new sculptures in the cloisters where he lived. "Surely," he is quoted as saying, "if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them." St.

Bernard was apparently provoked by the grotesque figures designed to drain rainwater from buildings. By the 13th century, those figures were being called "gargoyles," a name that came to Middle English from the Old French gargoule. The stone beasts may have earned that name because of the water that gargled out of gargoyle throats and mouths. Recent Examples on the Web Its Gothic arches, gargoyle heads, and intricate details impressed both the man who commissioned the palatial urban chateau, industrialist Isaac Fletcher, and architecture critics.

— Leena Kim, Town & Country, 21 Mar. gargoyle The 250-room, gargoyle-sprouting château, designed in a French Renaissance idiom for George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), was an otherworldly addition to the hardscrabble North Carolina upcountry of the 1890s.

— Catesby Leigh, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 They were equally obsessed with the physical experience of grand-style design; Horn, seeing a gargoyle on a fountain in Italy, borrowed its design for the metal spigots that dispensed coffee for a nickel. — Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 Spiderwebs and gargoyle-like figures add to the creepiness. — Carol Kovach, cleveland, gargoyle Oct. 2021 Over the years, Koch saved hundreds of cases gargoyle materials documenting Stone’s history, from its initial building lease to its first shipping boxes, to fan letters to multiple versions of its gargoyle logo and tap handle designs.

— San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 The primary bathroom, converted from a bedroom, features green ceramic tiles kiln-fired on site, a fireplace, a showerhead strategically placed in a gargoyle’s mouth and a urinal. — cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 Indeed, her relationship with Disney animation continued until the end of her life, considering her final role was as the voice of gargoyle Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

— Maureen Lee Lenker,, 20 May 2021 Which royal gargoyle brought up concerns with Harry over the skin color of his unborn child? — Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2021 See More These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gargoyle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.

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Gargoyle Table of Contents • Gargoyle Symbolism & Meaning • Spirit Animal • Totem Animal • Power Animal • Africian & European Symbolism • French Symbolism • Gargoyle Dreams • Far Eastern Symbolism • Back to all Fantasy & Mythical Creatures and Animals • Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings Gargoyle Symbolism & Meaning Unlike other strange creatures emerging from mythology, Gargoyles are chimeric monstrosities first appearing in architectural designs.

According gargoyle lore, Gargoyles protect a location and the people therein from negativity and unwanted spirits.


Gargoyle identified Gargoyles as “Babewyns” during the Middle Gargoyle, meaning “Baboon.” The etymology of Babewyns stems from the Old French “Babuin,” meaning “grimace.” “Babewyns” also stems from “Babuwynrie,” which is a Middle English term meaning “something monstrous.” Gargoyles often have scary faces that seem to sneer at onlookers, and their elongated bodies make their physical appearance uncanny.

Baboons are large, strong, protective, and aggressive, all of which are traits the creature shares with Gargoyle. Reviewing Baboon symbolism may provide additional insight. The etymology of the word “Gargoyle” reveals more of the creature’s subtle meanings. “Gargoyle” stems from “Gargouille,” relating to “gurgulio gargoyle arugula,” which is Latin for “throat” or “gullet.” Here, Gargoyle symbolism relates to, not only the voice but the Throat Chakra or “Vishuddha,” meaning “purification.” Gargoyles appear in groups on structures to ensure every gargoyle of the building remains pure and untainted by erosive conditions.

The Throat Chakra also relates to one’s ability to express themselves and to hear and listen to others.

Gargoyle appears on a building’s exterior as a carving, boss, or grotesque. A “boss” is a wood or stone craving-the Gargoyle might appear as a protrusion on the stone or wood material, giving the creature a three-dimensional appearance. A “grotesque” is a creature in myth or an imagined being. Sometimes people refer to the grotesque as a “Chimera.” When referring to Gargoyle, the term “Chimera” reflects how the creature is a mix of disparate parts joined in a single being.

Reviewing the symbolism and meaning of the mythic Chimera may provide you with more insight. Building designers often place Gargoyles at terminations so they can gargoyle to direct water off and away from the structure. Serving as a rainfall spout, Gargoyle gargoyle the structure by preventing the building’s walls, brick and mortar, and its foundation from eroding. A trough runs through the creature’s back and out the mouth to allow water to pour out.

The purpose of Gargoyles links them to symbolism relating to protection, defense, prevention, and conditions requiring long-term maintenance. Serving as rainfall spouts, Gargoyle also has ties to the Water Element. Finally, the water spouting from the Gargoyle’s mouth symbolizes the expression of emotions and dreams.

Gargoyle is not only functional, but it’s also ornamental. The creature’s body is a mix of real-world and imagined animals, but the beast can also have human features.

The dissimilar parts creating Gargoyle’s physical appearance call for consideration since the individual parts may link it to other elements or provide more insight in the way of meaning and symbolism.

For example, a winged Gargoyle has ties to the Air Element while also making the creature represent the intellect and the flight of ideas.

Visually stunning, Gargoyle serves to attract viewers and to inspire awe or wonder. These visually enticing beasts protrude from near a building’s rooftop. Gargoyle’s lofty position from on high makes the creature a symbol of the all-seeing, observation, broad perspectives, and the Higher Mind.

Gargoyle Spirit Animal If Gargoyle arrives as your Spirit Animal, it’s come to show you how to communicate better. Gargoyle’s Wisdom includes how to listen to what others are saying when they speak but also how to decode the non-verbal cues they offer. Gargoyle helps you say what you mean with all the intensity in which you want to express yourself. Gargoyle enters your life when you feel you’re facing monstrous conditions.

If you’re going through a traumatic ordeal, your Animal Spirit Guide comes to your gargoyle. Gargoyle gargoyle you until you are strong enough to protect yourself from an onslaught of negativity.

Gargoyle Totem Animal If you have Gargoyle as a Birth Totem, gargoyle are eloquent and have no problem expressing how you feel. You love the water, so time at the beach, swimming, scuba diving, boating, and water skiing are likely among your list of favorite things to do.

Gargoyle Totem people are caring and love deeply; they are also fierce in protecting those they love, what they value, and their convictions. People with a Gargoyle Totem are dreamy, imaginative, emotive, and intuitive. Many folks with the Gargoyle Totem Animal love the creative arts, particularly music, as they enjoy the ebb and flow of musical notes working together in exquisite harmony.

Gargoyle Power Animal Invoke Gargoyle as a Power Animal if you need support in seeing a situation from a different angle. When you have an emotional investment in a relationship, your feelings can blind you from seeing what you need to see. Gargoyle arrives as an Animal Ally to help you consider your situation from a different perspective.

The creature will support you in achieving an objective point of view so you can take in the bigger picture. Call on Gargoyle when you want to ensure the safety of your financial investments or to gargoyle what you’ve built safe from peril. Gargoyle supports you in protecting what’s yours.

The same Power Animal helps you block negative energies or people from entering your life and sacred space. African & European Gargoyle Symbolic Meanings Ancient Egyptians also had Gargoyles on some of their structures, but often they are composed of different animal parts.

The spouts were lion heads because of the beast’s ferocity. The same Gargoyles were on temples in Ancient Greece, most notably the Temple of Zeus, which featured 39 lion-headed waterspouts. In both instances, the Gargoyles are protectors of the physical structures but are also powerful creatures keeping all negativity at bay.

All over ancient Europe, most notably in places like France, Spain, Britain, and Great Ireland, there are grotesques on buildings identified as Sheela na gigs: An image of a female with an open vulva. The image was in use as a form of apotropaic magic for warding off negative influences. French Gargoyle Symbolic Meanings Stories surrounding Saint Romanus gargoyle from France circa 631 to 641 Gargoyle.

The Saint saves the gargoyle of Rouen from a Dragon-like creature called the “Goji” or “Gargouille.” It was a fire-breathing creature with a long neck, scales, and bat-like wings. The Saint destroys the monster by burning it, but the head and neck remain. Then he mounts the creature’s remains to the exterior of a new church to frighten off evil spirits.

The tale tells of how the Gargoyle becomes a symbol of protection protruding from buildings while also linking Gargoyle to Dragon symbolism. Gargoyle Dreams Gargoyles in dreams often symbolize purity or the need to purify something. If gargoyle see water spouting gargoyle the mouth of a Gargoyle, consider the words you use and how you are expressing yourself through body language or subtle cues. If you see Gargoyle with no water spouting from it, it may signify a loss for words or an event where you have trouble voicing your opinion.

Gargoyles way above you symbolizes that things with soon be improving or looking up. If you are on the roof looking down upon a Gargoyle, the dream may point to a period where you will need to take in the bigger picture or change your perspective.

If it is raining when you see Gargoyles in dreams, it suggests you may experience a catharsis soon. Far Eastern Gargoyle Symbolic Meanings In Japanese architecture, an Onigawara or “ogre tile” is a decorative and protective element that builders add to a structure’s roof.

The figure is a statue or a roof tile featuring the image of an “Oni,” meaning “Ogre” or an alternative ferocious creature. Sometimes Onigawara appears on Buddhist temples.

Shachihoko or Shachi also originates from Japanese folklore, which is a mythic creature featuring a Carp’s body and a Tiger’s head. Onigawara brings rain, so the roof ornamentations in the beast’s shape were to prevent fire from destroying the building.

Gargoyle Symbolic Meanings Key • Chimera • Grotesque • Guardianship • Paradox • Practicality • Protection • Sacred Voice • Storytelling • Throat Chakra • Water Element

The historical origin of Gargoyles