How Naughty Was The Past?

Despite being stereotyped as conservative, the Middle Ages may be naughtier than you think. Many churches in England feature obscene stone figures — “gargoyles” if they diverted rainwater, and “grotesques” if purely ornamental. An example is the Mooning Man of Easton-on-the-Hill, a gargoyle that featured a man bent over, spreading his buttocks and showing off the spout strategically placed where his anus would be. While it seems insulting, the general consensus believes the carving to be protective, warding off evil spirits by distracting them with such profanity. Read full article here


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