The bosk, without which the Wagon People could not live, is an oxlike creature. It is huge, shambling
animal whith a thick, humped neck and long, shaggy hair. It has a wide head and tiny eyes, a temper
to match that of a sleen, and two long wicked horns that reach out from its broad head and
suddenly curve forward to terminate in fearful points. Some of these horns, on the larger animals,
measured from tip to tip, exceed the length of two spears.
Not only does the flesh of the bosk and the milk of its cows furnish the Wagon Peoples with food and
drink, but its hides cover the domelike wagons in which they dwell; its tanned and sewn skins cover
their bodies; the leather of its hump is used for their shields; its sinews forms their thread; its bones
and horns are split and tooled into implements of a hundred sorts, from awls, punches and spoons
to drinking flagons and weapon tips; its hoofs are used for glues; its oils are used to grease their
bodies against the cold. Even the dung of the bosk finds its uses on the treeless prairies, being dried
and used for fuel. The bosk is said to be the Mother of the Wagon Peoples, and they reverence it as
such. The man who kills one foolishly is strangled in thongs or suffocated in the hide of the animal he
slew; if, for any reason, the man should kill a bosk cow with unborn young he is staked out, alive, in
the path of the herd, and the march of the Wagon Peoples takes its way over him. Nomads of Gor,
The hundred, rather than eight, bosk- that drew his wagon had been unyoked; they were huge, red
bosk; their horns had been polished and their coats glistened from the comb and oils; their golden
nose rings were set with jewels; necklaces of precious stones hung from the polished horns.
Nomads of Gor, page 41
Behind them another four haruspexes, one from each People, carried a large wooden cage, made of
sticks lashed together, which contained perhaps a dozen white vulos, domesticated pigeons. Then
the women climb to the top of the high sides on the wagons and watch the war lanterns in direction.
When the bosk horns sound the women cover the fires and prepare the men's weapons, bringing
forth arrows and bows, and lances. The quivas are always in the saddle sheaths. The bosk are
hitched up and slaves, who might otherwise take advantage of the tumult, are chained.
Then the women climb to the top of the high sides on the wagons and watch the war lanterns
in the distance, reading them as well as the men. Seeing if the wagons must move, and in what
direction. Nomads of Gor, page 175-176
The Bosk is a large, horned, shambling ruminant of the Gorean plains. It is herded below the Gorean
equator by the Wagon Peoples, but there are Bosk herds on ranches in the north as well, and
peasants often keep some of the animals. Raiders of Gor, page 26
“What lazy animals those sleen are,” said Imnak. “They are not even really hungry, but they are
keeping us in mind. They should be out hunting snow bosk, or basking sea sleen, or burrowing and
scratching inland for hibernating leems.” Beasts of Gor, page 334
I saw four small milk bosk grazing on the short grass. In the distance, above the acres, I could see
mountains, snow-capped. A flock of verr, herded by a maid with a stick, turned, bleating on the
sloping hillside. She shaded her eyes. She was blond; she was barefoot; she wore an ankle-length
white kirtle, of white wool, sleeveless, split to her belly. About her neck, I could see a dark ring.
Marauders of Gor, page 81
He would be referring to the wild bosk, which can be surly and territorial. In forested areas, they are
substantially forward horned, and attack, head down, directly. The Tuchuk bosk, on the other hand,
usually have wide spreading horns. When angered they attack, a bit to the side, to tear the enemy.
|This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor
They also hook nicely, and, of one is caught on the horn, one can be hurled a hundred feet. They are large and powerful. The
straighter horns of the forest bosk are presumably an adaptation to the arboreal environment. They plains bosk, usually more widely
horned. Swordsmen of Gor, (Electronic book, Loc 3315 of 11941)
The forest bosk tends to be territorial, and, as I have already suggested, it can be quite dangerous. Swordsmen of Gor (Electronic
book, Loc 5133 of 11941)