Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Racial Stereotyping

Gargoyles are heavy and slow, but that doesn’t mean they’re stupid. Their racial name was preserved in the human subconscious, for they are one of the oldest of the Denizens. A forerunner to man they were the creatures populating the earth in the days of Eden which God promptly discarded as too cumbersome and forgot, preferring to work instead with the more malleable dust and ashes to make his creatures from.

They were still in evidence when Adam had his spat with Lilith, causing God to throw her out of Eden and it was her theft from the trees of Life and Knowledge, when Death was brought crashing into a word previously populated with vegetarians (and trust me, the Lions were really happy about trying to chew grass with rows of pointed teeth) that really gave them a ecological niche. Only when you have hordes of angry souls do you notice the benefit of a creature that eats spirits.

As Eve followed Lilith and partook of the fruit of knowledge, God stripped away her ability to see the Denizens but the racial memory of the Gargila, and their habit of eating earthbound spirits, became part of the culture, and stone effigies would be cut in their likeness to protect settlements from the spirits of the departed.

Over the centuries, they became associated with religion, their original purpose lost, and the effigies were relegated to churches. This suited the Gargila, for such places were a bountiful source of food and where better to hide than among statues of your kin?


aims said...


I've always wondered why there were gargoyles on the beautiful churches. I never understood it. I always thought it very odd.

What stands out in my memory is a catholic church in the city of my birth....a beautiful church with tall spires and sitting on the highest point in the city. And the gargoyles.

I use to stare at them and shudder and wonder why anyone would put them up there.

Thank you.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Gargoyles have long been used to scare away demon and evil spirits from churches.

Olga/Maddie said...

I've always liked gargoyles. *big smile*

I think there is a both a charm and a certain beauty to them. *big big smile*

But that's just probably just me who thinks this. *BG*

Hope that you and yours are doing all right, that things are going okay, and that the rest of the day goes all right for you all.

Hugs, lovies, and stuffs for you all. *HG*

God bless and take care. :).

Leatherdykeuk said...

I think a lot of people are fond of gargoyles, Olga :)