Established in 2004 Eponia Gifts is based on the Surfcoast at the start of the Great Ocean Road in Australia. Products are inspired by the animal kingdom and natural environment. The collection contains animal and nature themed gifts, art, jewellery, homewares and crafts.
'Eponia' is derived from the name Epona. It originates from the Gaulish word 'epos' meaning horse. It is thought that 'pony' comes from this name. Epona was the goddess of horses, animals and fertility. She is usually portrayed surrounded by horses, feeding foals or riding a horse. Worshiped since the Iron Age by the Gauls; Epona was later adopted by the Roman Cavalry. She had a shrine in almost every stable of the Roman Empire and on December 18 an annual festival was held in her honour.
She is often depicted with a Cornucopia (“horn of plenty”); a symbol of the land and fertility. Some believe she was originally a nature – mother goddess and was the first mother goddess of the Picts and the Celts. She has been identified with the Celtic goddess Rhiannon.