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In the most general use of the word, Gorean means anything characteristic of the Gor science fiction novels by John Norman. In these novels, the word "Gorean" is used to refer to the fictional counter-earth, to its inhabitants and social customs, and to the particular language which is the most widely-spoken lingua franca in the known inhabited regions of Gor (though other languages are also spoken on the planet). Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Image File history File links Information. ... Gor, the Counter-Earth, is the alternate-world setting for John Normans Chronicles of Gor, a series of 26 novels that combine philosophy, erotica and science fiction. ... John Norman, pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. ...

As applied to non-fictional individuals, the word Gorean means an adherent of the philosophies espoused in Norman's writings, especially someone who lives a lifestyle based on this philosophy. While the most conspicuous Gorean departure from mainstream modern norms is that Goreans allow and indeed promote sexual master/slave relationships, many who take the Gorean worldview seriously would insist that being Gorean is not necessarily about either sex or slavery, but about the general Gorean philosophy (so that one would not have to participate in a master/slave lifestyle or relationship in order to be Gorean). Some of this philosophy is concerned with "natural order" and the relations between men and women, which may or may not take the form of a master-and-slave dynamic. Where there is a master/slave relationship, the level at which adherents follow the books varies. This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Funerary stele: the slave represented as a shorter person, beside the mistress, Munich Glyptothek Slavery was an essential component throughout the development of Ancient Greece. ...


Goreans and BDSM

There is commonality between BDSM and the Gorean lifestyle in a number of respects (see 24/7, Domination & submission, Servitude (BDSM), Slave (BDSM), Total Power Exchange etc.), but there are also overall differences in approach. // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... In terms of a D/s relationship (Dominant and Submissive), this acronym stands for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ... Domination and submission (also known as Dominance and submission, D&s, Ds or D/s) is a set of psychosexual behaviors, customs and rituals relating to the dominance of one individual over another. ... In BDSM, servitude is performing tasks and following orders as an aspect of being submissive. ... Slave is a term often used in BDSM to connote a specific form of submissive. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with 24/7 (BDSM). ...

Some in BDSM consider the Gorean lifestyle to be a subset of BDSM practices, and find it lacking in that regard. So the mainstream of BDSM practitioners often disdain Goreans because Goreans allegedly reject the ideas of "safe, sane and consensual"/"risk-aware consensual kink", because of the frequent lack of a safe word between Gorean master and slave, or because the almost exclusive male dominant/female submissive dynamic seems to imply that "your kink is not OK" regarding other practices. Safe, sane and consensual (SSC) is one of several phrases used by a large section of the BDSM and sexual bondage communities to describe themselves and their philosophies who regard SSC to be a watchword for safety. ... A risk-aware consensual kink (RACK) is any of several phrases used by portions of the BDSM community to describe themselves and their philosophies. ... A safeword is a codeword that is sometimes used in BDSM to mean stop. ... Maledom, or male dominance, refers to heterosexual BDSM activities where the dominant partner is male, and the submissive partner is female. ... Female submission describes sadomasochism in which women are punished or dominated, usually by men but sometimes by other women. ... YKINOK is an acronym for Your Kink Is Not OK (current on Usenet since at least 1993), and is generally used in the BDSM sub-culture to deprecate those who condemn any sexual preferences other than those actual practices (not mere fantasies) which violate the principles of Safe, Sane and...

Serious Goreans, on the other hand, generally deny that they are engaging in "games" or "role-playing", and do not consider the extreme pain or extreme physical or sexual play sometimes practiced in BDSM as part of being Gorean, so that BDSM precautions and BDSM distinctions between "in scene" and "out of scene" are largely unnecessary and irrelevant (though there is still a need for honest communication within a Gorean relationship, as in any other sustained intimate relationship). They do not consider most of what they do to be BDSM, and do not judge themselves according to BDSM standards.

A person living the Gorean lifestyle states that "...BDSM and it's practitioners do as they do in order to fulfil a sexual need or 'kink' in themselves. They are different from Goreans and the lifestyle in that to be Gorean does not just encompass the sexual side of a person but everything else as well. Goreans live by and enforce 'codes of honour' and live by these codes.

Some Goreans do practice BDSM (even though BDSM is not Gorean in itself). These Goreans may or may not use a safeword when involved in BDSM scene play; however, if they do not, then some sort of communication is usually practiced. A safeword[1] is a codeword or series of codewords that are sometimes used in BDSM to mean that a submissive (or bottom) is reaching a physical, emotional or moral boundary or for the dominant (or top) to stop the sceneplay. ...

Note that Norman's non-fictional sex manual Imaginative Sex presents a series of elaborate fantasy scenarios to be acted out (rather than advocating for a real-world "24/7" lifestyle), and recommends that symbolic substitutes (such as the sound of claps) should be used instead of actual physical chastisements (such as whippings). Most of the scenarios are maledom / femsub, but a few portray men as the slaves of women, and anticipate the eroticised first-person male slave narratives of some of the Gorean novels. Exploration and satisfaction through the mental and spiritual aspects of sexual intercourse is the thesis of Imaginative Sex, John Normans nonfiction 1974 work. ... In terms of a D/s relationship (Dominant and Submissive), this acronym stands for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ...

The Gorean self-identity

The Gorean identity is founded on home, job, and social order. The 'Three Pillars' of Gorean society are described as "Homestone, Caste System, and Slavery" Caste systems are traditional, hereditary systems of social restriction and social stratification, enforced by law or common practice, based on endogamy, occupation, economic status, race, ethnicity, etc. ... Slave redirects here. ...

The home is prime of importance to the Gorean, and this applies as much to the city-state of origin to the current residence or camp. 'A man's home in his castle' is translated in Gor to 'Every man is an Ubar within the circle of his sword.' (The Ubar is a war-leader, a General who takes power at a time of crisis, and whose rule is tantamount to tyrant until the crisis is resolved.) The Homestone is held sacred by every city and settlement, and is displayed under guard. Any praise or insult to a Homestone is taken personally by those who live in the city it symbolizes. The theft of a Homestone is the gravest crime, and paradoxically the most honorable enterprise, that any Warrior could undertake. A city-state is a region controlled exclusively by a city. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

The Gorean's occupation is formed and informed by their caste. The Caste system establishes the Gorean identity as strongly as homeland. Because of the Gorean's work ethic and pride in caste, all castes are essentially equal. There is little social mobility because of this caste pride and identity; even the Peasant caste uphold their caste codes and firmly believe in their superiority to all other castes. But in actuality a few castes are more equal than the others. Those of High Caste, including Scribes, Warriors, Physicians, Builders and Initiates (holy men) have access to privileged education and opportunities to leadership. The social order is further consolidated by social edict: "A man who refuses to practice his livelihood or strives to alter status without consent of the Council of High Castes is by definition an outlaw." A Gorean regards the welfare of their caste higher than their own, but in return, the caste provides welfare and charity when a caste member is in need.


Distinctive Gorean symbols include various artistic renditions of the "kef" symbol (Kef being the initial letter of kajira in the Gorean language), the floral "dina" mark, and to a lesser extent other brands mentioned in Norman's Gor books. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The kajira kef symbol (or staff and fronds) of the Gor books. ...

Some Goreans also use symbols not derived from Norman's books, most prominently the Chinese character for "slave" 奴 (Unicode U5974), which contains the character for "woman" 女 as its left half and an old character for "right hand" as its right half, and so can be given the interpretation "woman under master's hand".[1] (However, the main function of the "woman" character 女 here is technically as a "phonetic" element indicating pronunciation, and the composite character 奴 is not always female-referring.) Unicode is an industry standard allowing computers to consistently represent and manipulate text expressed in any of the worlds writing systems. ... There are several kinds of Chinese characters, including a handful of pictograms (象形 pinyin: xiàngxíng) and a number of indicatives (指事 zhǐshì), but the vast majority are phono-semantic compounds (形聲 xíngshÄ“ng). ...

Goreans in the novels

In the original novels, Goreans are simply those humans who live on the planet Gor. The back-story of the setting holds that various humans were transported from Earth to Gor in ancient times, a process which continues at a low volume in the present mostly in the form of Earth women taken to Gor as slaves. In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ...

In the books, although most slaves on Gor are female, most females are actually free women. The ratio has been presented as approximately 40 free women to one slave girl (though the various hints about Gorean demographics given in different Gor novels are not entirely consistent). Male slaves are less common than female, and are usually criminals, debtors or prisoners of war. Female slaves are called kajirae (singular: kajira) and male slaves are called kajiri (singular: kajirus) in the Gorean tongue. The kajira kef symbol (or staff and fronds) of the Gor books. ... The kajira kef symbol (or staff and fronds) of the Gor books. ...

Goreans in the news

On Thursday 18 May 2006, a house in Darlington, County Durham, was raided by police in Darlington, United Kingdom. The police had received complaints that a woman was being held against her will, but a spokesman said that the woman was a willing participant, and the police found no evidence of criminal activity.[2] Lee Thompson, the leader of the "Kaotian" group, claims that Kaotians are not Gorean, but are better than Goreans. May 18 is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Darlington, including the town clock. ... Darlington, including the town clock. ...


  1. ^ http://www.pantheus.com/TGV/archive62001/TGV/lifestyle.shtml
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4996410.stm

See also

Gor, the Counter-Earth, is the alternate-world setting for John Normans Chronicles of Gor, a series of 26 novels that combine philosophy, erotica and science fiction. ... // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ...

External links

  • "Gorean Shores" A Gorean role play chat site. Weekly book discussions on Tuesday at 8:30PM EST
  • "Kajira Hill"'s account of living a Gorean lifestyle
  • Gorean Whispers
  • For further links, see the "External links" section of the Gor article.

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Gorean coins are not struck from machine-engraved dies, nor are they minted through the usage of such devices as automated coin-presses.
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Gorean society is divided up into "Castes." Each profession or occupation comprises its own caste, and each caste is ranked according to its particular place in Gorean societal interaction.
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Goreans will often wear clothing of their caste color which makes it known at a glance that they are members of a particular caste.
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