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    The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans and Romans all used animal-shaped waterspouts. During the 12th century, when gargoyles appeared in Europe, the Roman Catholic Church was growing stronger and converting many new people.

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    Lion Gargoyle at Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Meaux

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    Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Meaux. "Lions were the most common non-native animal crafted as a gargoyle in the medieval period. ... became the symbol of pride, one of the 7 deadly sins. The lion was by far the most popular non-European animal to be used on churches and cathedrals in the middle ages. They were popular as gargoyles during older times (Pompeii is full of them) and they had symbolized the sun, with the golden mane representing the solar wreath of our life giving star."

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    Gargoyle in the form of a lion, Cathedral Saint Etienne de Meaux, France

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    In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque, usually made of granite, 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 buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm.

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Although the wolf was a feared creature in medieval times, it was also respected. Wolves have the ability to live and cooperate as a pack which gave rise to the metaphor that a wolf could be a leader of a pack and protect the members. This was linked to priests who would fight off the evil of the Devil for the common folk. The wolf was also linked to the deadly sin of greed.

A lion gargoyle on the Cathedrale de Meaux. Gargoyles were used to do many things in the Gothic or early to middle ages. Architechics used them to run water off the complex roof lines when it rained. Church officials used them as a tool to intimadate the commoners "to ward off evil spirits"


Grotesques Overlooking Paris (from Notre Dame). They are mostly mid-19th century works inspired by medieval ones.

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Large eagle as gargoyle on the Saint Rumbolds Cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium A powerful bird who was said to be able to slay dragons. Eagles were respected for their ability to see far away objects, and were also said to renew themselves by looking into the sun (accounting for the glint always seen in the eagleÕs eye in paintings).

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