Gor versus earth - Part 33

  • Tal dear reader,

    In the last "Gor versus earth" of this year, I wanna talk about giving and receiving presents.

    This time of the year we have the custom of giving and receiving presents. 

    At Christmas, all over the world, families, and friends give presents to each other.

    Christians believe Christmas itself is really about a big present that God gave the world about 2000 years ago - Jesus!

    One of the most famous Bible verses, John 3:16, says: "God loved the world so much, that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life.".

    Most children around the world believe in a Christmas gift-bringer. It's often St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but in parts of Germany, they believe that it is the Christkind, in Spain, they believe it is the Wise Men and in parts of Italy they believe it is an old lady called Befana.

    In most of Europe, the presents are left in shoes or boots put out by the children. In Italy, the UK and the USA presents are left in stockings, often left hanging by a fireplace. In many countries, presents for friends and family may be left under the Christmas Tree.


    The Gor novels do not mention a lot about giving presents; here some relevant quotes :

    As a gift...

    "The Gorean tends to regard Priest-Kings not so much as his masters as his potential allies, who might, if he is lucky, be flattered, wooed with gifts, and such."

    Dancers of Gor, Page 279


    "Because of my rumored beauty," said she, "there was no dearth of ardent fellows who would compete to be my swain. Many gifts I had from them. And I gave nothing! One lesser-known begged me to attend a rendezvous in a jeweler's shop, one which had put recently opened its doors in the city, that I might there pick for myself the finest of a dozen ruby necklaces, which he would then purchase for me."
    Witness of Gor, Pages 246 - 247

    "I see," I said. I hoped earnestly that if these dealings were found out that any penalties which might be involved, in particular, such things as torturings and impalements, would be visited upon the sutlers and not on their customers, and particularly not on folks who might be traveling with their customers. To be sure, the rigors sometimes technically contingent upon such discoveries and exposures seldom actually resulted in the enactment of dismal sanctions, maimings, executions, and such, bribes instead, gifts and so on, usually changing hands on such occasions."
    Mercenaries of Gor, Page 80

    Negotiating a treaty...

    "These robes," said Msaliti, indicating robes spread upon the couch, "will be found suitable for an ambassador of Teletus. "He then indicated a small chest at the couch's foot. "Those gifts, too," he said, "will appear seemly from one interested in negotiating a commercial treaty with one of the stature of Bila Huruma."
    Explorers of Gor, Page 225


    "The stream of Torvald is regarded by the men of Torvaldsland as a gift of Thor, bestowed upon Torvald, legendary founder and hero of the land, in exchange of a ring of gold."

    Marauders of Gor, Page 44

    Honoring a gift...

    "If you wish to land," said Sana, apparently determined to see me compensated in some fashion, "I will serve your pleasure."
    It occurred to me that there was at least one reply which she, bred in the honor codes of Gor, should understand, one reply that should silence her. "Would you diminish the worth of my gift to you?" I asked, feigning anger."

    Tarnsman of Gor, Page 72

    Worth mentioning that there is nothing said about slaves gifting to their owners. To me it makes sense since slaves own nothing, so what have they to give? Oh, wait! Their beauty. cool

    "In Gorean mythology, it is said that there was once a war between men and women and that the women lost, and that the Priest-Kings, not wishing the women to be killed, made them beautiful, but as the price of this gift decreed that they, and their daughters, to the end of time, would be the slaves of men. "

    Dancer of Gor, page 353.

    But then again ...

    "There are men and there are women, and the needs and desires of one are complementary to the needs and desires of the other. Each is a gift to the other, bestowed by nature, the slave to the master and the master to the slave."

    Prize of Gor, page 861

    I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy 2020,