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Agia Marina Donkey Rescue
Crete




Afroditi meaning and name origin

Afroditi or Aphrodite is a female Greek name, whose origins are found in ancient Greece. Afroditi was the Greek Goddess of love and eros, also known as Venus, which is her Roman name.  Her name reveals the way she was born, according to a Greek myth. 
Afroditi is a compound word, deriving from the words “afros” or “aphros”, which means foam, and the word “ditos” which means “the one who derives from”.
According to the myth, Goddess Aphrodite was born from the waves or the foam created by the waves smashing on the rocks of the island of Cyprus. Due to the Greek Goddess, Afroditi is still associated with beauty and love. The name Afroditi is usually associated with the Greek Goddess of love, but according to the Greek Orthodox Calendar, there is also the Agia Afroditi (St Afroditi). Agia Afroditi was one of the 40 Virgins that were killed in Andrianoupolis in Thrace.
According to the legend, the ruler of Andrianoupolis  had 4o students in the city that refused to participate in pagan feasts because they were Christian.
He tortured them trying to persuade them to adopt the pagan beliefs, but when he realized that they were not willing to change their beliefs he sent them to Licinius, the ruler of Thrace, who tortured and killed them.
One of them was Afroditi, who was recognized as a Saint by the Greek orthodox church, along with other women such as Antigone, Aspasia, Penelope and more.

Nameday: 1st of September

Afroditi's story & photo gallery
Afroditi
AFRODITI,  a very gentle natured & quiet donkey who came from the village of Skourvoula, she is aged around 30 years.  Her owner was abusive and beat and neglected her for many years.  Eventually he left her tied to a tree without food or water.  He no longer needed his sweet donkey.  A very kind villager called Adonis took care of Afroditi, feeding and watering her daily.  She has problems with arthritis and is very lame.
Adonis was no longer able to care for the donkey due to work commitments and has asked that we bring her to live at the Sanctuary.  Afroditi has now joined us and is very happy to be free of ropes finally and enjoys the company of her many fellow rescue donkeys here at the Sanctuary.

Afroditi is a pleasant person and quite beloved among her friends. Her behavior might be little surprising from time to time, because she tends to be unconventional, but in most cases she is a very easy person to get along with.


R.I.P. Afroditi

July 2015 : Afroditi was laid to rest this morning under the big olive tree in the field with all her old friends..she will be very sadly missed by all who knew and loved her