not all those who wander are lost

The really interesting thing to me about these ornamentations is that their exact purpose is unclear. There is no historical agreement as to what they are intended for. Why decorate a cathedral with demons ? Is that to scare off what they imagined to be the “real” demons ? Was it to remind churchgoers what fate awaits them if they stray from their faith ? If thats the case, then why would they be so high up and out of view most of the time ?

And what of heads like these that appear to be of normal townsfolk- are these an homage to patrons, or people cast into hell ?

Why such gorgeous detail in places where they would be unnoticed or unseeable ?

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