Symbolically Yours…

The gargoyle often makes his perch
On a cathedral or a church
Where, mid eclesiastic style
He smiles an early Gothic smile – 
Oliver Herford


Seven green chilies on a string
A juicy lemon at end for tangy zing
Reeling in lady luck by thus inviting
Or warding off evil by their absorbing
On vehicles against bad luck as bunting
Seven green chilies and a lemon on a string


A ploy to ward off evil off  their midst
Temples have an imperfect pillar or a carving
To shield from eyes that may covet, as a twist
Sacred sculptures are chipped in hidden places
Avoiding perfection that can bring animation
Seven green chilies and a lemon on a string

Frightening masks hung on ogled mansions
Harmlessly by own self demeaned to curtain
Black dot on baby face marked as protection
Bamboo shoots n “toran” for bad vibes suction
Ploys to  woo lady luck cleverly to beckon
Seven green chilies and a lemon on a string

Waving flame around new vehicles as protection
Then lemons under tires to be crushed and flatten
Spitting in chilies after flame around face rotation
Kept in plate to rid evil eye’s effects by absorption
Throwing them in fire for all bad luck nullification
Seven green chilies and a lemon on a string



Right eye of Horus in ancient Egypt as protection
For Faeries  otherworldly guests in Celtic fashion
Horseshoes nailed above doors, iron their weapon
Encompassing four elements n soul in  pentagram
Customs  morphed into mere good luck charm

Seven green chilies and a lemon on a strings



Fads foibles pagan symbols amulets charms relics n foils
Grotesquely carved animal or human heads are gargoyles
Waterspouts on sacred buildings throwing rainwater off walls
Many heads one body or vice versa, disembodied heads tall
Fish with quadruped’s head, horse goat halves absurdities roil

Lurking outside or atop to scare evil spirits are pagan gargoyles
Seven green chilies on a string
A juicy lemon at end for tangy zing
Reeling in lady luck by thus inviting
Or warding off evil by their absorbing
On vehicles against bad luck as bunting
Seven green chilies and a lemon on a string

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What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us
 are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 (all pictures are from internet- disclaimer)

note: some of these customs are observed in India to ward off evil

Toran is a string of mango leaves etc hung on doorways of homes in India to let good luck in and absorb bad vibes

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