Mythological Creatures: Gargoyle

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Gargoyles are creatures of Greek mythology that are said to ward off evil spirits. They are often seen as protectors. It is believed that the scarier the gargoyles look - the more effective it is for keeping evil at bay. They are depicted as stone statues and placed along buildings - such as churches - to keep as pure as possible from any darkness that wishes to tarnish these holy places. Gargoyles have also been depicted as stone chimeras, the carvings having a variety of animals engraved to make one, completely different creature. Often times, they had the head of a lion. Other animals that were often used as a protector were dragon heads ( as in the legend), rhinoceroses, and hippopotamuses...

At night, these statues come to life and look over whatever building they are protecting. They come alive at night because that is when whatever and whomever they are protecting becomes the most vulnerable - as the humans are usually asleep when the sun goes down and the moon comes up. However, in order to not blow their cover as mythical creatures, they must return to the position they were in when the sunlight is showing - so that they do not alarm the people of the mortal world. One of the most popular places to find gargoyles are along the temples of Greece. Some are found also in the country of Egypt. The legend of the gargoyle stems from a story about a man who took the head of a dragon while the dragon slept, and mounted the head, with its fire breathing abilities intact - to the wall of his town in order to keep it safe from those who wished harm to come of him and all of the people of his home. From then on, the townspeople spread the news on how to bring protection to their own villages and towns - with the use of the head of a vicious animal.