Strangely Wrought Creatures of Life & Death: Ancient Symbolism in European and American Architecture

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Lulu.com, Dec 1, 2006 - History - 160 pages
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In his seventh book on folklore and symbolism, Gary R. Varner provides a look at strange and grotesque images we see everyday on our churches, banks and in our cemeteries. Images with origins far older than the structures they adorn. What are the meanings behind these grotesque creatures, why are carvings of griffins and dragons, unicorns and Green Men found throughout the world on churches and cathedrals, government buildings and even apartment buildings? Illustrated with over 50 original photographs, Varner explores the meanings of the carvings found on both old and contemporary buildings, from France and Great Britain to New York and California. In addition, Varner explores strange images that are commonly seen in our cemeteries, engraved on grave-markers and tombs. This is a book for anyone interested in symbolism and folklore, architectural history and the development of religion. Gary R. Varner is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Foundation for Mythological Studies.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Gargoyles and the Church
25
An Analysis of the Elements in the Green Man Motif
57
A Bestiary
87
Symbolism in Graveyards
125
Conclusion
141
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Varner is trained in anthropology and archaeology.

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