Puerto Rico Gargoyle News?
7 December 2010 Leave a comment
Oh, this is too good. Today’s edition of the Primera Hora newspaper—one of Puerto Rico’s major newspapers, which really, helps explain why the island is in the sorry state it is—had this article on something that has apparently being going on in the past few days. Apparently people have been claiming to have seen gargoyles flying around.
I know, right?
Here’s an excerpt from the article, given my quick-and-dirty-translation treatment.
While Canóvanas’ mayor, José “Chemo” Soto, cleared out the dust from his hunting uniform in order to set in motion a plan to capture the strange flying beast—which many claim to have seen in cities such as Guanica, Lajas, in San Germán—Primera Hora looked into the opinions of a historian, a psychologist, and a sociologist. All agreed that the phoenomenon doesn’t exist.
For example, as historian Ricardo Alegría sees it, the stories of gargoyle “attacks”–which share certain similarities to those of the mythical chupacabras, since both are believed to act during the dark of night and to suck the blood from its victims—are simply yet another story in our folklore.
“I find that detail very interesting because the term “gargoyle” is an architectural element from medieval buildings in Europe, which could specifically be seen on cathedrals. They’re monstrous figures, made in stone, which were placed on rooftops to collect and dispose of rainwater though various holes,” the educator pointed out about what at first was a decorative figure. There is one known gargoyle in Puerto Rico, atop a Miramar chapel, in Santurce.
Wikipedia explains that myths referencing gargoyles date back to the Middle Ages, and related with the popular interest in bestiaries and other hellish torments. Others assure that, at night, the stone gargoyles become beasts of flesh and blood, which then return to their stone state at dawn. [bold mine]
Perhaps that is what Chemo and his hunting partner, Reynaldo Ríos, are thinking, as they ventured last nigh to look for the Boriqua gargoyle among the ruins and tunnels of the old sugar mill, in Guánica, where they assure lie the skeletons of its victims.
So yeah. Desire to bang my head against several hard objects at the idea that a major newspaper considers “looking at Wikipedia” to be valid research nonwithstanding, the fact they’ve actually considered “our” gargoyles mythology to be worth mentioning is awesome.