GOREAN PHILOSOPHY

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PROTOCOL

 

Gorean Philosophy

 

        Speaking of Gor being real or fantasy, this is very confusing. Why can it cannot be both?

    I think the first question that must be asked is: What is Gor?  Does Gor reside in the details in the series of John Norman's books? Or is it a set of principles and philosophies that can be found throughout the series? Speaking of such as honor, respect, and integrity, and with a strong belief in the natural order of things being but a few of these principles referred to as philosophies!

    In my opinion, Gor is the approach to life and a method of interaction with the world, found throughout the series. In order to fully comprehend the dynamics of whether Gor is Fact or Fantasy, there are certain ideas that must be identified to lay the foundation for discovery.

        Among them is whether or not the ideals of Gor are peculiar to Gor! Did John Norman invent the cultures or did he simply use them to advance an society that he wanted to transcend the doldrums of our earthen existence?

        John Norman, while many think wise, did not invent these principles or philosophies, Earth history shows that honor and respect have been held in high esteem by many Earth cultures, as far back to the early BC eras.

        That alone should be a strong indicator that Gor is based far more in fact than fantasy. There are clearly defined differences between Norman's Gor and what reality dictates to us, among those are natural catalysts and consensual slavery. Free Persons have sharp differences in how they came to be a Free Person on Gor.  They have not had the benefit of being exposed to Gor's expectations and limitations. This often makes their decisions less than Gorean.

        Unlike the books, where most people were born and raised in a society that creates a mindset of home and caste before self, most people on earth have been taught their (own) individuality is paramount. Most forgetting or not knowing that Gor means Home Stone! The catalysts of Home Stone and caste loyalty before pride or self honor as well as potential slavery or death if acting dishonorably, are missing online as well as in real life.

        Most arrive in Gor believing that being Free Person means being all Powerful but they are forgetting that there is probable price with any action.

        “Consensual Slavery” that's a new twist, but not unheard of.

        Unlike the books, where most slaves were slaves out of circumstance... online and in real life slaves make a choice to enter bondage and serve.

        Anyone who chooses to enter may also choose to leave. This means there are no RUN-A-WAYS!

        This greatly changes the dynamics of slavery and ownership, and further indicating that the modality of behavior that Norman endorses in the books. Due to Earth laws and the limitations of the medium, and online, slaves always have the choice to simply not participate, and/or not to participate with YOU! These choices are real and must be recognized when owning a slave!

        You cannot force a slave to log on nor can you STOP a slave from logging off! Your control is based upon something more than the simple collar being placed on her and saying 'I OWN you'. Now it is incumbent to own, not just collar. While the modality of slavery and ownership are different than in the books, they are still based in philosophies and principles that Gor espouses, indicating that these too are not fictional or fantasy, but as real as the participants make them.

“Honor and Respect as part of the reality”

        Honor is a principled uprightness of character or personal integrity. This can mean many things to many people. However, it is held in such high regard by Goreans, it would be difficult to believe it is fantasy! Honor, simply stated, ‘is doing the right thing for the right reason, regardless of personal cost or preference!’ I fail to see how -- doing the right thing -- can ever be viewed or recognized as a fictional or fantasy act.

        Hand in hand with Honor is Respect!  Respect being a willingness to show consideration or appreciation. Are consideration and appreciation fictional?  Are they less real because they are intangible? Perhaps the biggest misconception in Gor is that respect is automatic and deserved without having done anything to earn the consideration or appreciation that we have spoken of.

        In reality, respect must be given to be received. Respect should be shown to all Goreans, even to slaves. Because Goreans believe that you should be who you are, and be what you are and do so to the best of your ability.

        Slaves are as capable of this as any Free Person, and always should be respected for doing so!

        Respect can be shown in many ways, among these, is how you address people. Because of the protocols believed to be inherent to Gor, this is probably the most evident and least understood.

        While many will take offense to the different terms seen and used daily in Gor, such as Brother and Sister; a Free Person using a person's name is never lacking in respect and always appropriate.

        Slaves by nature of their station have a different set of standards that apply. They must use Master and/or Mistress with Free Persons, omitting their names… while using the names of slaves when addressing other slaves.

        Greetings and well wishes are by far the most often seen examples of misunderstood (or misplaced) respect. Offering tidings in groups, while perhaps expeditious, it is never respectful.

        Every person has a name and most spend long hours selecting a name that represents their personality and their approach to Gor. To ignore that effort and intent is -- in itself -- disrespectful. It would be wise to know who you speak to and their perspective pertaining to Gor, before resorting to the popular online farewells, such as, “Wind and Steel” or “Blood and Honor”… everyone is not a Warrior… taking solace in these words. While there are many different methods of offering farewell in the books, two are by far, the most prominent. The phrase as – “I wish you well”– being used with Free Persons and – “serve well” – being used by the slaves.

        Additionally, offering tidings by title, lacks respect since titles have become common place and are often created simply to equate to greater self importance vice a real position of value or a role defined in the books.

        It has recently, online, become popular to greet and wish well by title or caste. At first glance, this seems appropriate and respectful, but a more discerning analysis of the practice, shows that there are two very definite drawbacks. This practice, in the correct setting can be confusing, and often disrespectful. The exceptions are the City Administrator or Ubar of the city you are currently in.  To recognize another CA or Ubar, before the Males of that city is disrespectful. This going back to the Home Stone being first in all things, it is highly disrespectful to recognize other Males before those whose hospitality you are enjoying.

        In addition to those fallacies, it also encourages people to create or misrepresent positions, so that they might be recognized in a higher status than their knowledge, caste, position, should dictate.

        A classic example is the misuse of the position of first girl. While there were first girls used in the books, (as in a coffle), they were never a first girl – or first slave – of an entire city. There was no slave that minded, and/or disciplined or ruled a city in the absence of Free Persons.

        Another often misrepresented role in Gor is that of a Panther Girl –or Taluna – often played as a bad-girl Free Woman, defying the customs and modesties, that are common among Free Women. Greeting a panther girl as Mistress is highly inappropriate.

        Panther girls have denounced the values and standards of Gorean society, also denouncing its protocol and behavioral expectations. Since they do not endorse the society that creates the standards, they need not expect its benefits. According to Norman, these women have exiled themselves from the typical Gorean society, electing a life that is less than luxurious and completely segregated from the main stream Gorean cities. These women elected a life of seclusion in small bands and trading only when necessary, since they trusted virtually no one in the Gorean society and because of that they never entered and city in their panther girl garb. Panther girls – when finding it necessary to enter a city – did so incognito and dressed as Free Women to avoid being recognized as Panther Girls, which would get them enslaved. As previously mentioned, respect must be given to be received. The panther girl – or Taluna – displays no respect for Gor, its ideals, or philosophies, and any respect shown back to them is a harsh slap in the face of the Gor we are discussing and had come to value. With that in mind, it would seem to me by addressing the Taluna as “Panther Girl” or the name of the “Panther Girl” would be the appropriate method of tidings to the Taluna.

        A similar, but less obvious anomaly that occurs in online Gor is the self appointed Head Mistress, and there are several problems with this misguided role and/or position. One of which is that the position of Head Mistress is without basis in Gor… [as with the misguided use of first girl]... and there was no Mistress that ran the city in the absence of Men, nor was their a Free Woman who simply by appointment, capable of training slaves to be pleasing to a Man and train the slave to know the desires of men.

        As previously stated, there is no basis for the role in the books; hence everything stated must be from observation and conjecture. But apparently, a Head Mistress is a trainer for a city, which raises several questions to anyone who have read the books… (How can a Free Woman, who has never been a slave, herself, know how to train a slave to please a Man, or know what a man wants – the exhibition men desire of their property? And further more, if she was a slave – and freed – then she was hardly a successful slave and therefore again not exactly the premier candidate to be a trainer of slaves. Of course, and Trainer could train slaves in what “NOT” to do and Train only the things that are available on any website, like protocol and drinks.

        Training a slave involves much more than knowing who and how to greet and well wish, some one must ask, if the information provided is available anywhere, then why is a self important title necessary? Does every Man, who trains, call himself Head Master? Isn't this carrying the titling and providing of positions just a little too far? Does this go back to being who you are, what you are, and doing it to the best of your ability?

        And if so, is it necessary to have a title and/or a position to do so? Or is it about creating an illusion of importance and purpose? Is it the proverbial role playing taken to the next level? Not just playing a role but creating one so that its accuracy cannot be questioned or critiqued? Which leads to another thought with all the role playing fantasy worlds, why is it necessary to utilize Gor as such?  Is Gor so appealing for the people who play games because those very people fail to understand its principles and philosophies?

 

How did John Norman create His Gor?

        At first examination, it may seem flattering that role players have elected to utilize Norman's works as the basis for their pursuits.

        A closer look, however, reveals that the vast majority don’t even bother to read the works of Norman. Instead, they elected to gain their knowledge or basis of their role from the many ambiguous and misleading websites. This not only perpetuates online myths, it also leaves them clueless about the principles and the philosophies of Gor.

        This leads to the confusion and misunderstandings, pertaining to the reality of Gor, many delving into the details found all the known websites, vice the philosophies and principles that are in the Norman’s works of Gor.

        It doesn’t take a genius to know that Bosk and/or a Tarn and Kaiila are factious, and without a sound foundation. And nor do these role players realize that every culture of Gor was based upon and parallel civilization upon Earth. Indeed, it is readily ascertainable in reading the books of Gor.

     John Norman based the Wagon People to similar the Mongols of China. And he based Torvaldsland to similar the Norse, (the Vikings), of Scandinavia. And he based Tahari to similar the Arabic cultures of the middle east. And he based the Red Savages of the Barrens so to similar the Plain Tribes of Native Americans. And he based the Red Hunters of The Polar North to similar the Eskimos.

        There is much more to being Gorean, and understanding Gor, than just simply choosing a name to a role and pretending that you have been transported to a distant planet.

        As a concerned Gorean, I hope that people would aspire to be more than a role when they turn on the computer, and is forgot about when the computer is turn off. The possibilities are limited only by your desire and imagination.

        While I doubt this discussion has changed a single mind about anything we've talked here, it’s our hope that we have created some thought and caused some questions which may open a few minds to the alternative perspectives. The topics discussed are but a sampling of the things people seem to accept and not question. The vigor with which we question things may vary, from role to role, that we must do so, and constantly, is self evident.

        Free people and slaves alike must question the authenticity of a specific Gorean role and its behavior, by doing so can the reality of Gor remain constant as its principles and philosophies are adhered to. Gor is not about slaves, sex, tarns and sleens, instead it’s about striving to be who you are, what you are, to the best of your ability, while acknowledging and following the natural order of things.

        While self realization, self improvement, self awareness and contributing to a larger good are abstract and intangible, then they are real and valid pursuits. Pursuits that Goreans, as a group, take great pride in. If Gor is to elevate to a level beyond fantasy and role playing, it’s incumbent upon each of us to do our part. This can mean learning and questioning or participating in homes that represent the Gorean values that are real, even if intangible. In this pursuit of improvement and learning, the importance of Honor and Respect in our lives will become unquestionable. To be Gorean will become paramount and self evident to your happiness!

Take time to view these questions and mull them over… read the Gor books, again if you have to, even if you don’t agree with them they are still good reading.

 

If you're seeking Gor then I suggest you learn a little of the Protocols (Laws & Rules) of the City States.

GOREAN  Protocols 

 

(1)- Pledges

Those that have made a formal pledge to any Gor chat on any Media are recognized as Citizens, they have decided to take part in that Gorean Society. However some medias listed as role play are not considered sound Gorean Learning Centers and are advised to stay clear of those places. They can be found in Palace, Halsoft, Yahoo, AOL, and Secondlife, so be careful.

 

    a. FORMAL PLEDGE

That means in the present of the Chief Administrator, (mind you there are many administrators but only one Chief Administrator of a city), the First Sword, and any male Scribe to take the minutes, next to the Home Stone. Slaves may enter the home stone room but they are to karta face-down on the floor next to their owners in complete silence.

            1. White: Head Initiate.

            2. Blue: Head Scribe.

            3. Green: Head Physician.

            4. Yellow: Head Builder.

            5. Red (Scarlet) First Sword, Chief {or High} Commander.

Note: Free Women of Gor please take no offence but there are no Free Women on the seat of the High Council.

 

(2)- Internal Disputes

    [Chief Administrator]:

{Ubars}: Only used during time of war as a war General. After the dispute is over the Ubar gives up his station and hands the government back to the Chief Administrator. If the Ubar refuses the First Sword aka Chief Commander and the Warriors and the City Guards can run the Ubar out of the city, bound in ropes and the First Sword can take his head.

 

(3)- The use of the Messengers:

(4)- Changing homes

(5)- Caste

(6)- Changing caste

[Reference of this law]: Book 1, Tarnsman of Gor, pages 41-42. Book 3, Priest Kings of Gor, page 71. Book 14, Fighting Slaves of Gor, page 209-211. Book 22, Dancer of Gor, page 186-187. And Book 24, Vagabonds of Gor, page 378.

Protocol Regarding Free Women:

 

(1)- These protocols are not in association with the Wagon People of southern Turia, or the Northern Forest, or Torvaldsland, or the Polar North; there are different Laws and Rules Governing those areas. The following laws and rules are for the Gorean City States.

(Take note, some SL home-stones allow FW to roam KoRoBa without veil).

There are five veils a Free Woman wears, (of course they can't be worn online): but are very important for the FW to know, as if she is wearing them. Online, if the Free Woman was to be face-striped the Free Man will have to know the veils as well and named each one in reverse as he takes them off.

Other Veils

(example): If a FW was attacked and forcibly stripped of her clothes - (she still had on her veils) - she was able to escape her antagonist and redress herself, she can not be enslaved due to her nudity alone. She had to be removed of her veils as well, the veils are the key to the FW's freedom, her status in the free Gorean world.

(2)- Nudity

(3)- Counting the Ko'lar

Conduct for Visitors

 

Caste of Thieves

 

 

Protocol Regarding Slaves:

 

There is no first girl of a City that takes over in the absences of the Free. There are first girls in a coffle chain should any owner had more than one girl, and the first girl of the coffle is the one who keeps the other slaves (her sisters) in line. She makes sure they do their studies, practices their dances, and their serves, cooking and other chores. The first girl is most definitely highly red silk trained girl.

The fg answers to the Master/Mistress of that coffle.

Permission, what does that mean exactly? To clarify this more clearly lets talk boats. I have a 50' yacht and you wish to barrow it for a day. It's not uncommon for me to want to know exactly where you will be taking my yacht, and how far out on the water will my yacht be. Most importantly, what will my yacht be used for. Secondly, I'll be lending you my yacht in mint-condition and I expect it back in that same condition.

Uncollared Slaves:

 

    Rules of Conduct for Kajira and Kajiru

   


 

What Is A Caste:

Caste of Initiates

First of the High Castes. The white robed representatives, they are responsible for guiding the spiritual life of Goreans though their rituals and prayers. Their white robes, their shaven heads and faces, and their refusal to eat meat or drink alcohol recognize them as the Initiate of Gor. Their Caste Color: White. They also sit on the high council of Initiate Court which is very rare, they even over shadow the City Magistrate.

 

Caste of Scribes

Second of the High Castes. They are the scholars, the writers and the historians, in modern day they are the office workers. In their scrolls they do all of the accounting, records keeping, and writing of and on Gor. They tend to be studious and serious, with an attention to detail and a passion for knowledge in Gorean Law. Their Caste Color: Blue.

 

Caste of Physicians

Third of the high Castes. This is the caste of those who concern themselves with the healing arts. Surgeons, apothecaries, medical researchers and health practitioners, in Gor these people are all member of this caste. Their Caste Color: Green.

 

Caste of Builders

Fourth of the High Castes. This caste includes architects, engineers, draftsmen, stone-masons, and many others, which concern themselves with the creations of the physical and engineering marvels. Their Caste Color: Yellow.

 

Caste of Warriors

Fifth of the High Castes. The First Sword aka Chief Commander sits on the High Council, no other warrior does, not even the Second Sword. This caste (speaking in terms of Gor) includes Taurentian (a special guard for the Administrator or Ubar), infantry, tharlarion cavalry, and tarnsmen. They are known to have the strictest set of caste codes on Gor. In the actual world this caste can be comprise of the military branch of the Armed Forces, Police Departments, Security Officers, Secret Service, and the list goes on. Their Caste Color: Scarlet.

 

 

 

What is Low Caste:

 

"Low Caste"

 

Caste of Slavers

This Caste deals in human merchandise. Color: Blue and Yellow.

 Caste of Sailors

This caste includes several sub-castes. Sailors don't normally have Home Stones because they are usually at sea or traveling the sea and/or river ways most of the time. Color: Blue and Gold. Do not mistaken Pirates as the caste of Sailors, Pirates are outlaws and have no caste and nor do they claim any Home Stone.

Caste of Pot Makers

They are involved in the production of containment vessels. Color: Brown and Green.

Caste of Saddle Makers

They produce the saddlers, harness, and tack used to manage all of the various riding and draft beasts of Gor. Color: Tan.

Caste of Metal Workers

They are concerned with the production of most metal items fabricated upon Gor. There is also a subclass for the blacksmiths of Gor. Color: Steel Gray.

Caste of Woodsmen

This caste is concerned with protecting and managing the vast resources of various Gorean forests claimed by a particular city or village. They are experts in various forms of woodcrafts and are forest hunters, forest marshals, and forest trackers of Gor. Color: Brown and Black.

Caste of Poets

Those who concern themselves with the creation of the poems of Gor. Color Aqua and Red.

 

Caste of Torturers (Wagon People)

Not a common Gorean caste, found only among the Wagon People. Color: Black and Red.

Caste of Players

This caste is made of those who have dedicated their lives to the furtherance of the Gorean game of Kaissa. A rare caste but found and supported in almost any city. Members of this caste are granted blanket immunity to prosecution and slavery, and are highly regarded based upon there level of skill. They wear distinctive hooded robes in their caste color. Color: Checkered, Red and Yellow.

Municipal Servants

Concerned with providing various public services to a specific city or village. Color: Gray.

Guardsmen

This caste is responsible for patrolling the city or village streets, arresting those that disobey the laws and assuring the general well being of the citizens. They have no specific color, as they wear the color of the city or village they work in. For instants, Thentis Flag is Gray & Green which corresponds to the colors of the Tarn Keepers. Thentis being the main supplier of tarns, their breeding, training, and the sale of each tarn, along with the blackwine beans grown on the Thentis mountain.

 

Caste of Tarn Keepers

This caste concerns itself with the care, feeding, training of tarn, the fierce winged saddle-bird of Gor. Color: Gray and Green.

Caste of Merchants

Those who are of this caste are concerned with the sale and trade of merchandise for a profit. There are almost as many sub-castes of the Merchants as there are products to be sold, The Merchant's Caste colors are White and Gold. However the Merchant Caste also includes the Slavers caste, which is Blue and Yellow. Tavern and Inn keepers can fall within this Caste as Merchants.

Caste of Singers

This caste concerns itself with the performance of verbal entertainment set to music. Colors: Aqua and Red.

 

Caste of Assassins

This caste is comprised of those who kill strictly for pay. Their existence has long been suppressed, though they still appear occasionally. They refuse to use poison to dispatch their enemies (they consider it the mark of an amateur) and are required by their caste codes to renounce all ties of friendship and family. In addition they claim NO home stone. Color: Black.

 

Caste of Peasants

The lowest and most common on Gor, which is concerned with the maintenance, planting and harvesting of the vast lands surrounding most cities which have been divided into plots and set aside for agricultural use. They have rather strict caste codes, and are considered the masters of several forms of distinctive peasant weaponry, including the quarterstaff and the Great Bow, or "Peasant Bow." Color: Brown.

Caste of Charcoal Makers

This caste concerns itself with the production of charcoal for use in Gorean forges and ovens. Color: Black and Gray.

 

 

 

Release Rights:

  • All slaves, Second life and Palace Gor and other medias, (personally or city owned), have a right to beg release if her collar had led to a mental or emotional abuse by their owner or by some other means...

 

{Second Life, Palace Gor, and other Medias: Rather a City, Village, Wagon People, Northern regions, Polar Areas, are associated with the books of Gor: author John Lange, written under the writer's name of John Norman}.