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The interior of Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Scotland

The interior of Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Scotland

Having a series of grotesque statues and faces on a building might not seem an obvious thing to do, but the frequency of them from the Hunky Punks and rather obscene Sheela na gigs of the UK to true Gargoyles, like the one above from Notre Dame Cathedral proves otherwise. To get technical, it's a form of "apotropaic" magic; something intended to scare away evil. True gargoyles serve another, much more practical purpose as their mouths are spouts that channel rainwater off the roofs of…

Having a series of grotesque statues and faces on a building might not seem an obvious thing to do, but the frequency of them from the Hunky Punks and rather obscene Sheela na gigs of the UK to true Gargoyles, like the one above from Notre Dame Cathedral proves otherwise. To get technical, it's a form of "apotropaic" magic; something intended to scare away evil. True gargoyles serve another, much more practical purpose as their mouths are spouts that channel rainwater off the roofs of…

Sheela na gigs-displayed on buildings,churches in Europe to encourage women to not be afraid to give birth

Sheela na gigs-displayed on buildings,churches in Europe to encourage women to not be afraid to give birth

by Garry Bryant / Garaidh  Ó Briain Around Ireland one will find stone circles, dolmens, cairns, burial mounds, raths, and holy wells, and then…

by Garry Bryant / Garaidh Ó Briain Around Ireland one will find stone circles, dolmens, cairns, burial mounds, raths, and holy wells, and then…

Rosslyn Green man

DORIAN'S MYSTERIES REVEALED: Rosslyn Chapel and the Devil's Music

Rosslyn Green man

Une gargouille du château de Pierrefonds dans l’Oise

Une gargouille du château de Pierrefonds dans l’Oise

Angelic flatulence? Washington National Cathedral

Angelic flatulence? Washington National Cathedral

Heraldic toad for Botreaux, Hunky Punk, St Peter and St Paul, Kilmersdon, Somerset

Heraldic toad for Botreaux, Hunky Punk, St Peter and St Paul, Kilmersdon, Somerset

Gargoyle http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/life.htm

Gargoyle http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/life.htm

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