Gor versus earth - Part 36

  • Tal dear reader,

    In this 36th edition of "Gor versus earth", I gonna touch the subject of suicide.

    On earth, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years, after road injury. Among teenagers aged 15-19 years, suicide was the second leading cause of death among girls (after maternal conditions) and the third leading cause of death in boys (after road injury and interpersonal violence).

    Every 40 seconds a person dies from suicide according to the World Health Organisation.

    In ancient Japan, disgraced warriors were sometimes allowed to carry out seppuku( also known as harakiri) rather than be executed in the normal manner. The most common form of seppuku for men was composed of the cutting of the abdomen, and when the samurai was finished, he stretched out his neck for an assistant to sever his spinal cord. It was the assistant's job to decapitate the samurai in one swing, otherwise, it would bring great shame to the assistant and his family. Those who did not belong to the samurai caste were never ordered or expected to carry out seppuku. Samurai generally could carry out the act only with permission.

    On Gor:

    Honorable or not?

    For a samurai, suicide is sometimes a very honorable death. It may be the only way for a samurai to die with honor. For a Gorean Warrior, suicide is never honorable. It is a violation of the Warrior Caste Codes.

    "I also put Ichiro, my signalman, whose ritual suicide I had forbidden weeks ago, into the air, fearing that more might be on the wing than a single fugitive."

    Swordsmen of Gor, Page 317

    "I am of the Caste of Warriors, and it is in our codes that the only death fit for a man is that in battle,..."

    Priest-Kings of Gor, Page 14

    Ritual suicide

    The Pani use a knife, kept ready in its own case, for ritual suicide.

    "I do not well understand the matter of the ritual knife," I had said to Lord Okimoto, "but it is clear you are one who does. So I ask your view on what seems to me a simple matter. My question is this, is it appropriate to lift the ritual knife when success, survival, even victory, is still possible?"
    "In such a case," had said Lord Okimoto, "lifting the ritual knife would be not only premature, but would be an error of action; indeed, it would be improper, and thus forbidden."
    "The holding," I said, "is strengthened. Supplies are abundant. The men rise up. They look about themselves. Their eyes are clear, their limbs are strong."
    "As things are," he said, "one would not take the blade out of its case. There is no point in doing that now. It was different before."

    Rebels of Gor, 33 Pages 81 - 82

    Free Woman threatening to kill herself to avoid becoming a slave.

    "I will kill myself first," cried Aphris, posing the quiva over her heart.
    Kamchak shrugged.
    The girl did not slay herself. "No," she cried, "I will slay you."
    "Much better," said Kamchak, nodding. "Much better."
    "I have a knife!" cried out Aphris.
    "Obviously," said Kamchak. He then got up and walked rather heavily over to one wall of the wagon and took a slave whip from the wall.
    He faced Aphris of Turia.
    "Sleen!" she wept. She threw back her hand with the knife to rush forward and thrust it into the heart of Kamchak but the coil of the whip lashed forth and I saw its stinging tip wrap four times about the wrist and forearm of the Turian girl who cried out in sudden pain and Kamchak had stepped to the side and with a motion of his hand had thrown her off balance and then by the whip dragged her rudely over the rug to his feet. There he stepped on her wrist and removed the knife from her open hand. He thrust it in his belt.
    "Slay me!" wept the girl. "I will not be your slave!"

    Nomads of Gor, Page 142


    I wish you well,