Who is this mysterious creature?
Long ago the Wild Donkey roamed the earth, eking out a difficult existence in dry and rocky areas not suitable for less hearty animals.
There are many literary and biblical references to this noble beast and his likeness was frequently found in cave paintings. The ancient Greek God of Wine, Dionysus, was often depicted riding his donkey.
Around 3000 BC, the Wild Donkey was domesticated. Endangered groups of this highly regarded animal can still be found throughout Asia and Africa today. There are also small groups of formerly domesticated donkeys living freely in Greece, Mexico, and the United States.
As a Beast of Burden, the domesticated donkey has served honorably: a rescue animal in WWI, protecting livestock on ranches throughout the world, and has long played an important role in agriculture and transportation in villages and coastal regions of Greece and Mexico. If you have a donkey, you can travel to mountain heights, pick the most flavorful wild oregano to sell at the market, and maybe afford to send your son or daughter to the University.
But beware if someone should compliment your donkey too much. It might be the Evil Eye at work, and something bad could befall your donkey. You and your donkey should avoid eye contact and keep on trekking.
You might tell a horse where to go, but you must ask a donkey. Due to their Zen-like nature, the humble donkey has much to teach us about patience, peace, and moving a little slower in this life. Our love of this creature and all he represents makes the Wild Donkey the perfect symbol for our Greek-Mexican Cafe.