Gor versus earth - Part 27

  • Tal dear reader,

    In this week's "Gor versus earth" I gonna talk about how Goreans deal with death.

    All Saints' Day is generally celebrated on 1st November as a commemoration day for all Christian saints in some European countries.

    Remembrance Day (11 November) is a national holiday in France and Belgium. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11 am to remember the people who have died in wars.

    On Gor...

    Goreans perform a ritual to get a sort of vision about how they will die; it is called “the looking into the blood”

    “Then, soberly, though I acknowledged it as a superstition, I performed the Gorean ritual of looking into the blood. With my cupped hands I drank a mouthful of blood, and then, holding another in my hands, I waited for the next flash of lightning.

    One looks into the blood in one’s cupped hands. It is said that if one sees one’s visage black and wasted one will die of disease, if one sees oneself torn and scarlet one will die in battle, if one sees oneself old and white-haired, one will die in peace and leave children.”

    Outlaw of Gor, page 61

    Most Goreans do not believe in immortality, either physically or spiritually. Death is final. There is no worry about heaven and hell. Though death is often called journeying to the “Cities of Dust,” the Gorean underworld, the place all go on their deaths.

    "Among warriors, the bite of an ost is thought to be one of the most cruel of all gates to the Cities of Dust; far preferable to them are the rending beak, the terrible talons of a tarn." 

    Outlaw of Gor, page 118.

    "How long has it been since you have seen her?" demanded Vika.
    "It has been more than seven years," I said.
    Vika laughed cruelly. "Then," she gloated, 'she is in the Cities of Dust."

    Priest-Kings of Gor, page 72.

    Dead Goreans may be either buried or cremated. Cremation appears generally reserved for more important individuals. Most Gorean graves are not marked with a headstone or other marker. Goreans feel that it is a man's deeds that live on after his death.

    Gorean funerals are very quiet and at such a time words would only demean or insult. There is only "silence, memory and fire" (Assassin of Gor, page 2) The Initiates are usually prominent at funerals.

    The first few pages of Assassin of Gor give an excellent depiction of a typical Gorean funeral pyre.

    Last but not least...

    “No matter how insignificant or tiny one is, in the Gorean belief, one is an ineradicable part of history. That can never be taken from anyone.”

    Dancer of Gor, page 426


    I wish you well,