What does the gargoyles on cathedrals mean?
I think that they had a practical function - they often held the waterspouts that came out of the gutters, so that water poured out of their mouths - kind of groovy. (oh, yes, trickynick just said that).
The medieval stonemasons also used them, and all the other carvings on the buildings, to show off their indivudual talents and inject a bit of humour into the structure - sometimes they carved caricatures of local big-wigs etc.
I'm not sure if they were really seen as warding off evil spirits - certainly not by the priests themselves, who would have seen that as a ludicrous superstition.
it is gothic architecture not an outrage. and it was used in most buildings (not just churches) from that era. it was a throwback to an earlier time and belief. and a lot of the gargoyles served as drainspouts for the water gutters.
If that is correct... that is an outrage.
God is our protector.
Not some mythical creature.
God is our protector and the Gargoyles are the protectors of the church.
Gargoyles were supposed to ward off evil spirits.