Agia Marina Donkey Rescue

Ermioni meaning and name origin
Ermioni or Hermione is a female Greek name which originates from the ancient years.
The name Ermioni derives from the name Ermis and means ” the one who carries the beauty of Ermis”.  Derived from the name of the Greek messenger god HERMES. In Greek myth Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This is also the name of the wife of Leontes in Shakespeare's play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610).
Origin of name
Although Ermioni is an ancient Greek name, it is included in the Orthodox calendar. According to the Church tradition, Ermioni was one of the four daughters of apostle Philip and had the charisma of prophecy.
When she went to Ephesus with her sister to meet St John, she found instead his student Petronius, who taught her the gospels.  It is said that once, Emperor Traianus passed by Ephesus going to fight the Persians and heard about Ermioni’s charisma. She told him that he would beat the Persians, but his brother in law Hadrian would become the Emperor. Indeed that is what happened.  Since the prophecy came true, Traianus had Ermioni tortured. He gave her to the soldiers to kill her, but they believed in Christ and set her free. Ermioni died peacefully many years later and was buried in Ephesus.
Ermioni in Ancient GreeceIn Ancient Greece, Ermioni was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen (of Troy).
Menelaus promised his daughter in marriage twice, first to Orestis, before the Trojan War, and then to Neoptolemus, when they were at Troy. When the Trojan war was over, Neoptolemus came to Sparta, and demanded Ermioni from Menelaus. Since Orestis was not present or capable to marry Ermioni at the time,  Menelaus decided to honour the promise he had made at Troy.
Later, according to the myth, Orestis came back home and killed Neoptolemus taking Ermioni as his wife.

Nameday: 4th of September
Ermioni is a woman who loves the arts. She is usually much into music, and she is an optimistic and extroverted person

Ermioni's story & photo gallery
In September 2012 we received a call from a young woman in Eretria mainland Greece, she had found a donkey tied to a tree, left without food or water, the owner no longer wanted it...After approaching various equine groups on the mainland who were unable to help we agreed to rescue the little donkey who came to us from Piraeus to Iraklion by boat.  We are very grateful to CARAT ( CARING FOR THE ANIMALS TRUST UK) for all their support and for paying the transport costs to bring Ermioni to the safety of our sanctuary...

November 6 2012
Ermione came to our sanctuary here on Crete from Eretria a month ago after being abandoned by her owner and tied up to a tree without food or water..she has settled in very well.
A very small, shy donkey we are very pleased that the rest of the herd are kind and gentle to her and have accepted the enjoying an apple snack.

our newest rescue donkeys
10/2012 : Ermioni arrives at the sanctuary at the break of dawn after sailing by ship from PireausChristos the driver and equine handler helps her down the ramp after her overnight journeyAAhhhh a lovely field to explore..... the rest of the herd ignored her, well it was breakfast time after all !!exploring our sanctuaryshe's the sweetest donkey Our new rescue donkey Ermioni sharing some secrets with Marietta.....
October 4 2012
Ermioni gets a big hug from Marietta on her first evening here on Crete....

Latest news on Ermioni
March 21 2013
The days are getting warmer and the donkeys love the heat and sun on their old backs..
Donkeys are very nurturing of one another...they could teach us humans many lessons !
Just love this photo today of Violetta ( tongue out ) keeping Ermioni shaded from the hot midday sun while she naps...

April 22 2013
The days are warming up now and the green grass drying out fast, the donkeys are back onto dry feed and hay after enjoying the greenery for the last two months.
They don't seem to mind too much, dry is their natural food :-) Beautiful Ermioni is in the foreground ♥