The Gorean philosophy is a philosophy as written in the novels by John Norman.
Many of those that have read Norman's work are in many ways living their lives by his philosophy as he written.
The most conspicuous Gorean departure from mainstream modern norms is that Gorean’s promote master-slave relationships.
In many ways his philosophy he is concerned with "order of nature" ; “honor” and the relations between men and women, which may or may not take the form of a master and or slave relationship
. Many think the relation to BDSM is the same in the ways of Gor and I feel there is a difference.
The majority of true Gorean’s who pursue a “the lifestyle" do not consider what they do to be BDSM.
However, Many BDSM at times consider them self’s Gorean will say they just or will use what they call “Gorean undertones”.
In that context, they reject the idea of those that consider them self’s to be true Gorean’s .
BDSM practices may be described as 24/7; dominance and submission; and Total Power Exchange relationships.
BDSM relationships concepts in some cases; the male and female can or change roles.
In BDSM the female in many ways is in charge and she will have what may say are safe words. Servitude and slavery play a key role in Gorean dynamics and in Gor the girl is totally owned and is property.
What is BDSM?
Norman was critical of the psychological and physical harm that non-stop BDSM relationship, their slavery and corporal punishment might be inflicted.
I agree with him as that the use of symbolic substitutes, such as the sound of claps as a substitute for whippings and other physical punishments; there other ways to punish with using force.
Why would one wish to harm, burse one he cares for and his property?
Self-identity Gorean’s identity is founded on home, honor, nature and social order.
One could say there are 'Four Pillars' of Gorean society;
One: Order of Nature
Part of what Norman indicates as natural order, is that males have a predisposition to be more dominant, and females have a predisposition to be submissive.
Norman indicates that with changes in society brought on by industrialization and feminism, human instincts have become confused and suppressed.
Typically the Gorean principle of male dominance is this; Males tend to be dominant and females tend to be submissive.
Male dominance is seen as part of the natural order, a biological truth. As partial support, the Gor books stated that most mammals and all primates are male dominated.
On Gor, male dominance is a generality, not an absolute.
Women on Gor can attain the highest ranks of power on Gor, becoming the absolute rulers of four Gorean cities.
It is also noted that in the Gor novels Norman wrote of at least four Gorean cities that were ruled by women and in the end they failed giving in to Male dominance , and in some cases lost their lives .
Norman states that in this "natural order" men and women are neither superior or inferior, simply different.
In Gorean society it is not believed that males are more intelligent or have more wisdom then females, but are considered physically stronger.
Three: Home Stone
A Home Stone is a rock, which can be plain and simple or even a large precious stone, such as a topaz.
It is about the size of a person's fist.
It is carved with the family sign or just a letter.
A Home Stone represents sovereignty, and marks one territory.
Even peasants were considered a sovereign in their hut; such is the strength of the ideal of Home Stone. Villages, towns and cities also have Home Stones.
Most Gorean’s would never stand in the way of a Man who carried a Home Stone, out of respect for the ideal of Home Stone, and the fierceness by which it would be defended.
Home Stones are displayed in the center of a hut, village or city.
The Home Stone is held sacred by every city and settlement, and is displayed under guard.
Any praise or insult to a Home Stone is taken personally by those who live in the city it represents.
The theft of a Home Stone is the gravest crime, and paradoxically the most honorable enterprise that any Warrior could undertake.
The home is of prime importance to the Gorean, and this applies as much to the city-state of origin, as to the current residence or camp.
"A man's home is his castle" can be translated in Gor as, "Every man is a Ubar within the circle of his sword".
Living Gorean’s, those who follow Gorean Morality here on Earth, hold the ideal of Home Stone very high.
Home Stone as embodied on Earth, is considered to be sovereignty over oneself, as well as good citizenship: the two must be well-balanced, so that neither the individual nor the community suffers.
Gorean Home Stone
Four: Caste Systems
Also one has to note that many who study and follow the Gorean morality do not own slaves.
Slavery is not required to be Gorean.
The Gorean's occupation is determined their caste which normal by the books they are born in to the caste of their family.
The Caste system establishes the Gorean identity as strongly as their homeland.
Castes in Gor also define how the members of the caste are expected to behave.
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 and at times to those in the same catse.
But in actuality, a few castes are more equal than the others.
In Gor there are two forms to the Caste System.
Those of the "High" caste represent the local city or town council, and their leaders form the basis for the local government.
Those of High Caste, including in order the Initiates ("holy men", the White Caste), the Scribes (the Blue Caste), the Builders (the Yellow Caste), the Physicians (the Green Caste), and the Warriors (the Red Caste or the Scarlet) have access to privileged education and opportunities to leadership.
High Cast livelihood
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.
The way in which many Living Gorean reflect the Gorean Morality, in their professions, is to establish a code for their profession that they follow.
This, combined with striving for excellence in their profession, is a reflection of the Caste system presented in the novels.
Low Cast livelihood The "Low" caste typically is the tradesmen, merchants, artisans, craftsmen, and other members of the local labor force in that city or town.
As in the High each Caste is associated with a particular color (Black for the Assassins, White for the Initiates) or set of colors (White and Gold for the Merchants, Yellow and Blue for the Slavers).
One color (Purple) is not associated with a particular Caste, but with the function of Ubar (dictator elected to rule a City during a time of war).
Because of the Gorean's work ethic and pride in caste, all castes are essentially equal
We talked about slaves briefly.
There are 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" brand and lesser extent other brands mentioned in Norman's Gor books.
One version of the Kef, the most common kajira brand on Gor and dina brand, sometimes called 'the slave flower' in the original novels, which are use to brand their property to show she is a slave.
In the books, although most slaves on Gor are female, most females are actually free women that are born on Gor as kajira, in many cases are bred for special duties.
The ratio has been presented as approximately 40 free women to one slave.
Because of this humans were transported from Earth to Gor, a process which continues at a low volume in the present mostly in the form of Earth women taken to Gor as slaves. BARBARIANS EARTH GIRLS IN ROUTE TO GOR
Male slaves are less common than female, and are usually criminals, debtors or prisoners of war, and are mainly used for manual labor.
Female slaves are called kajira (singular: kajira) and male slaves are called kajira (singular: kajirus) in the Gorean tongue.
Slave ownership in Gor is not necessarily gender-oriented, i.e., a kajira can be owned by a family, or even a city, then being referred as "city slave").
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