castes, which specialize in certain matters, for example, the clan of healers, leather workers, salt hunters, and so on. I have already
mentioned the clan of torturers. The members of these clans, however, like the Year Keepers and Singers, are all expected, first and
foremost, to be, as it is said, of the wagons namely to follow, tend and protect the bosk, to be superb in the saddle, and to be skilled
with the weapons of both the hunt and war. Nomads of Gor, page 12

The street was lined by throngs of Tuchuks and slaves. Among them, too, were soothsayers and haruspexes, and singers and
musicians, and, here and there, small peddlers and merchants, of various cities, for such are occasionally permitted by the Tuchuks,
who crave their wares, to approach the wagons. Each of these, I was later to learn, wore on his forearm a tiny brand, in the form of
spreading bosk horns, which guaranteed his passage, at certain seasons, across the plains of the Wagon Peoples. The difficulty, of
course is in first obtaining the brand. If, in the case of a singer, the song is rejected, or in the case of a merchant, his merchandise is
rejected, he is slain out of hand. This acceptance brand, of course, carries with it a certain stain of ignominy, suggesting that those
who approach the wagons do as slaves. Nomads of Gor, page 34

"In the morning the wagons, in their long lines, would follow the slowly moving herds away from Turia. Meanwhile the Omen Taking,
even with the participation of the Tuchuk haruspexes, continued......"
From Nomads of Gor, page 184


It was the next day, at the eleventh Ahn, one Ahn past the Gorean noon, that we arrived at the Oasis of Red Rock.
It was dominated by the kasbah of its pasha, Turem a'Din, commander of the local Tashid clans, on its rim to the northeast.
Tribesmen of Gor, page 175


When charity is in order, as when a man cannot work or a woman is alone, usually such is arranged through the caste organization,
but sometimes through the clan, which is not specifically caste oriented but depends on ties of blood through the fifth degree. If one,
of course, finds oneself in effect without caste or clan, as was perhaps the ease with the small fool named Hup, and one cannot
work, one's life is likely to be miserable and not of great length. Assassins of Gor, page 12


Other common "nationalities," so to speak, are membership in a kinship organization, such as a clan, or phratry, a group of clans, or
a larger grouping yet, a tribe or analogous to a tribe, a group of phratries, and a pledged allegiance to a Home Stone, usually that of
a village, town or city. It seems that in the distant past of Gor, these kinship allegiances were, in effect, political allegiances, as life
became more complex, and populations more mobile, became separated. Kinship structures do not now figure strongly in Gorean
public life, although in some cities divisions of the electorate, those free citizens entitled to participate in referenda, and such, remain
based on them. Dancer of Gor ,page 293


"You must learn," Torm had said matter-of-factly, "the history and legends of Gor, its geography and economics, its social structures
and customs, such as the caste system and clan groups, the right of placing the Home Stone, the Places of Sanctuary, when quarter
is and is not permitted in war, and so on." Tarnsman of Gor, page 40


The tarn is one of the two most common mounts of a Gorean warrior; the other is the high tharlarion, a species of saddle-lizard, used
mostly by clans who have never mastered tarns. Tarnsman of Gor, page 52


In such a status she is an impersonal property, as of a state, clan or tribe. Blood Brothers of Gor, page 450


The caste structure, in spite of its many defects, doubtless contributes to the stability of Gorean society, a society in which the
individual has a place, in which his work is respected, and in which he can plan intelligently with respect to the future. The clan
structures are kinship groups. They function, on the whole, given mating practices, within the caste structure, but they are not
identical to it. For example, in a given clan there may be, though often are not, individuals of different castes. Many Goreans think of
the clan as a kinship group within a caste. For most practical purposes they are correct. At least it seldom does much harm to regard
the matter in this way. Clans, because of practical limitations on mobility, are usually associated, substantially, with a given city; the
caste, on the other hand, is trans-municipal or inter-municipal." Slave Girl of Gor, page 213

The clan structures are kinship groups. They function, on the whole, given mating practices, within the caste structure, but they are
not identical to it. For example, in a given clan there may be, though often are not, individuals of different castes. Many Goreans think
of the clan as a kinship group within a caste. For most practical purposes they are correct. At least it seldom does much harm to
regard the matter in this way. Clans, because of practical limitations on mobility, are usually associated, substantially, with a given
city; the caste, on the other hand, is transmunicipal or intermunicipal. Slave Girl of Gor, Page 213
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Castes of Gor
Clans of Gor
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
I have a few quotes here concerning clans, as not all of
Gor works by caste, for example, the wagon people, those
of the deserts, the red savages and red hunters and so
forth, as I find more quotes, I shall add them to my page.


"I hoped that I would be granted death in battle, if
death it must be. The Wagon Peoples, of all those on
Gor that I know, are the only ones that have a clan of
torturers, trained as carefully as scribes or physicians,
in the arts of detaining life."
From Nomads of Gor, page 9

(Wagon People) They do not have castes, as Goreans
tend to think of them. For example, every male of the
Wagon Peoples is expected to be a warrior, to be able
to ride, to be able to hunt, to care for the bosk, and so
on. When I speak of Year Keepers and Singers it must
be understood that these are not, for the Wagon
Peoples, castes, but more like roles, subsidiary to their
main functions, which are those of the war, herding and
the hunt. They do have, however, certain clans, not