|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
Positions and Slave Commands
resting flat on the surface, arms at the sides with the legs widely spread and crawls to the Master/Mistress upon belly.
"Stop," he said. "To your belly." Then I was on my belly, on the tiles, my hands at the sides of my head, prone, before his curule
chair. Kajira of Gor, page 427
"Belly," I said to Feiqa. Immediately Feiqa, trembling, went to her belly on the stained, sooted stones near the fire. Mercenaries of
Gor, page 19
The slave slips to her belly, positioning her wrists crossed behind her back, ankles crossed also, left cheek to the ground.
Standard binding position," he said. I was prone. When a girl is prone, the standard binding position is to cross the wrists behind
the back and to cross the ankles. I took this position instantaneously. Slave Girl of Gor, page 125
This position is used to put on slave bracelets, or chaining the slave. Placing hands behind the back, shoulders pushed back and breasts
thrust outward, hands behind your back.
He had removed a pair of light bracelets, joined by about five inches of light chain, from his pouch. "Slave bracelets," he said. "Turn
around, facing the door, your hands behind your back." Kajira of Gor, page 132
The girl snapped to position, hands behind the small of her back, head lifted, chin up, turned to the left. In such a posture she may
be conveniently put in bracelets and leashed. Tribesmen of Gor, page 78
"Bracelets," he snapped.
She put her head in the air and placed her hands behind her back.
Hunters of Gor, page 146
When a blanket, or cloak, or covering of any sort, is thrown over a slave like this she may not speak or rise. She must remain as she is,
silent, until the master, or some free man, lifts the covering away. Another slave if given permission may take away the blanket.
I then threw the second blanket, the top blanket over her, covering her completely. When a blanket, or cloak, or covering of any
sort, is thrown over a slave like this she may not speak or rise. She must remain as she is, silent, until the master, or some free
man, lifts the covering away. Explorers of Gor, page 94
Bound by the Master's Will
This command is used when a Master places a slave in any position and the slave must maintain it till she has permission to break
often used for binding positions, but not bound with cords, only the Master's will.
She wore the `bonds of the master's will.' Grunt had put her in them. She could not rise to her feet. Yet there was not a rope or
strap on her body. She was `bound by the master's will.' She could not move from this position unless, at the word of a free person,
she was freed from it. To break the position otherwise is to be instantly slain. Blood Brothers of Gor, page 248
"You look well with your hands behind your back," he said.
I looked up.
"Your hands are now bound behind your back," he said.
"Yes Master," I said. I must now keep my hands or wrists in contact with another, and behind my back. I was now 'bound by the
master's will.' I could no separate my hands or wrists without permission. There are many ways, of course, of 'binding by masters
will. The behind-the-back position is one of the simplest and loveliest. This exposes the girl, frames the beauty of her breasts and
makes her helpless. That the bond is a 'will-bond,' too, makes clear to her the power of the master over her. Another common bond
of this sort is when the girl must kneel, grasping her ankles. Another is when she is forced to sit and reach forward between her legs
passing the right arm from inside to the right thigh outside and beneath the right calf, to grasp the right ankle from the outside, and
the left arm from inside the left thigh to outside and beneath the left calf, to grasp the left ankle in the same way. In this position,
she is helpless and cannot rise. Too, after a time, it becomes apparent to her, she cannot close her her legs. A girl may be kept is
such bonds for hours. Dancer of Gor, page 227
"On your back," he said, "knees raised, heels on the floor." I then lay before him, in a standard, supine capture position. Kajira of
Gor, page 442
This position serves to display or go show one's collar, a kajira would approach and tilt her head back, placing her hands behind her, close
enough so the legend or writing on the collar can be read.
In response to the "collar command," the slave approaches the male, that he need not inconvenience himself by coming toward her.
She then lifts her chin and places her hands behind her. It is thus that a girl renders herself vulnerable for the reading of her collar.
In this case, of course, the Lady Constanzia's hands were already behind her, her small, lovely wrists closely linked together, well
pinioned, in the steel of slave bracelets. Witness of Gor, page 357-358
This is very close to belly but there are differences. A slave gets down on all fours, palms to elbows are flat on floor, backside in the air with
the forehead close but not touching the floor and crawls to just an inch from the Master's feet.
I pointed to the stones at my feet. "Crawl," I said, in Gorean. The girl slipped to her belly, and, as a slave girl, crawled to my feet.
She put her lips to my foot; I felt her hair over it. Tribesmen of Gor, page 78
When a slave is kneeling in standard nadu, ordered to lift off her heels, its for a cuffing, she will quickly rise off her heels, at the right
height for a cuffing, that will also send her sprawling.
She was now unbound. She knelt on the back on her heels, her hands on her thighs, looking up, happily, at Mirus. "Kneel higher," he
said, "Off your heels." "Master?" she asked. This had brought her into suitable cuffing position. "Did you not speak at various times
during the evening," he asked, "without having requested permission?"
"Yes Master," she said. "Forgive me, Master." She then was flung to the side, cuffed, and lay on the dirt, to the side. "Return to your
former position," he said. Dancer of Gor, page 445
A slave stands proudly, feet shoulder width apart, her back straight and shoulders back, breasts thrust outwards, slowly lifting her arms
behind her head and clasping her hands at the nape of her neck, head held high and eyes lowered in respect.
The auctioneer did not strike her with his whip. He merely took her arms and lifted them, so that the position chain, attached to
each side of the sales collar lay across her upper arms. Then he had her clasp her hands behind the back of her neck, so that the
chain, on each side of the collar, was in the crook of her arms, and she was exposed in such a way that she could be properly
exhibited. Explorers of Gor, page 36
Gorean Love Bow
This position IS very painful to maintain for longer than 5 minutes.
Kneeling in nadu, thighs wide, you bend your body backwards, putting head to the floor, hands by your head, and pull up into a back bend.
... He thrust her two wrists before her body, into the ring he had cut from the Kur. He then tied them inside, and to, the ring. He
then, from his belt, tool a long length of binding fiber and, doubling it, keeping it, securing it, as its center to the ring, leaving two
long ends. He then threw her, on her back, over the body, bead down, of the fallen Kur. He took the two loose ends of the binding
fiber and, taking them under the body of the fallen Kur, dragged her wrists, elbows bent, over and above her head; he then,
bending her knees, tied one of the loose ends about her left ankle, and the other about her right. This was the Gorean Love Bow.
Marauders of Gor, page 261
The kajira goes to the Master, kneeling behind his left foot, awaiting his movement. Then the slave stays to Master's left unless told
otherwise, slightly behind and follows as he moves.
The Forkbeard turned about and, one arm about Pudding,the other about Gunnhild, started from the dock. Hilda followed him, to his
left. "She heels nicely," said Ottar. The men and bond-maids laughed. The Forkbeard stopped......I was familiar with this sort of
thing, of course; in the south it was quite common for slave girls; in various fashions in various cities, to heel their masters. Hilda, of
course, was a free woman. For her to heel was an incredible humiliation. The Forkbeard started off again, and then again stopped.
Again, Hilda followed him as before. "She is heeling!" laughed Ottar. Marauders of Gor, page 123
"Lift your head, "he said. "Higher. Higher!" She looked up at him, her head far back, the leash on her throat.... "You need not now
keep your head in high-harness position,," he said to the girl. She moved her head. Mercenaries of Gor, pages 308-309
I indicated a flat leather box to one side. "Knee crawl," I said. "Fetch it here."
She went to the box on her knees and picked it up, and returned to a place before me. It had been a simple knee crawl. I was
briefly reminded, however, of the Turian knee walk, sometimes used by slave dancers. I considered the slave. I did not doubt but
what she might be taught to dance. Magicians of Gor, page 342
Kneel to the Coffle
"Kneel to be coffled," said one of the men. The girls knelt, closely, one behind the other, there were six wrist rings on the chain he
carried...."Left wrist coffle,'' he said. They lifted their left wrists, frightened.... "Stand, Slaves," said the man. "Lower chain." The girls
stood. Then, ordered, they lowered their wrists. They were then in line, standing, coffled. Slave Girl of Gor, page 127
Kneeling to the Whip
The slave first assumes the Nadu position, though with her arms crossed in front of her. She then leans forward and places her head to
the floor, first sweeping her hair forward over her shoulders in order that her back might be utterly exposed to the whip.
I crossed my wrists beneath me and touched my head to the floor, exposing the bow of my back. It is the submissive posture of a
slave girl who is to be punished. It is called Kneeling to the Whip. I shook, visibly, at his feet. I whimpered. I waited for him to call a
guard, to bring the lash. Captive of Gor, page 200
The slave stands and moves behind the Master, bending at the waist. Slave places hands behind them and puts the side of the head to the
Master's hip, that Master might lead the slave easily by the hair or collar while walking.
"Leading position," he said. Sobbing, she rose to her feet, and put her head down, at what would be the height of a man's waist,
her legs flexed. A guard walked over and fastened his hand in her hair. Rogue of Gor, page 248
I held my left hand open, at my waist. She stiffened, and looked at me, angrily. I opened and closed my left hand once. I saw her
training in Gorean customs had been thorough. But she never thought that such a gesture would be used to her. She came beside
me, and a bit behind me, and, crouching, put her head down, deeply. I fastened my hand in her hair. She winced. Women are
helpless in this position. Beasts of Gor, page 409
Similar to leasha but done from a standing position. Standing with back to the Master, hands are crossed at the small of the back. The feet
are placed a shoulder width apart, with back and shoulders slightly arched, thrusting breasts forward, head held high and tilted to the left
with the eyes are lowered in respect and submission.
"Leasha," snapped the second officer to the blond girl. She spun from facing him, and lifted her chin, turning her head to the left,
placing her wrists behind her, as though for snapping them into slave bracelets. Explorers of Gor, page 76
"Leasha!" he said. Immediately, responsive to this command, I flung my wrists behind me, separated by some two inches, and lifted
my chin, my head turned to the left. I felt slave bracelets flung, snapping shut, on my wrists. I was braceleted. In another moment I
was leashed. Dancer of Gor, page 365
This is the most basic of all the positions.
This is the position a most slaves are in most of the time. She kneels before her Master, her head held high, eyes downcast, knees spread
wide open, shoulders back keeping her back straight, never arched, having tested this, if the back is arched, the belly protrudes funnily, by
tucking in the belly and straightening the shoulders, the perfect effect is gained with breasts beautifully lifted. Hands on thighs and up, down
or crossed depending if one is kneeling in tower, pleasure slave or even in the way of the city of Thentis where wrists are crossed behind
"Nadu!" he snapped. She swiftly turned, facing him, and dropped to her knees, her back straight, her hands on her thighs, her head
up, her knees wide. It was the position of the Pleasure Slave. Explorers of Gor, page 77
"Come now, my pretty slaves," said Ginger, "kneel straight. Back straight, heads up. Back on your heels there! Spread those pretty
knees. Yes, that is the way men like it. Put your hands, palms down, on your thighs. Good. Good. Excellent!. The girls now knelt in
the coffle as pleasure slaves." Savages of Gor, page 155
I walked about her, examining her, She kept her back very straight, and her head up. I was then again before her. I noted that the
palm of her hands, so soft, so vulnerable, had turned on her thighs, so that they faced up. Among slave girls this is a common ways
of signaling need, helplessness, a desire to please. Vagabonds of Gor, page 209
The position of the Tower Slave, in which Vika knelt, differs from that of a free woman only in the position of the wrists which are
held before her and, when not occupied, crossed as though for binding...The position of the Pleasure Slave, incidentally, differs from
the position of both the free woman and the Tower Slave. The hands of a Pleasure Slave normally rest on her thighs but, in some
cities, for example, Thentis, I believe, they are crossed behind her. More significantly, for the free woman's hands may also rest on
her thighs, there is a difference in the placement of the knees. In all these kneeling positions,incidentally, even that of the Pleasure
Slave, the Gorean woman carries herself well; her back is straight and her chin is high. She tends to be vital and beautiful to look
upon. Priest Kings of Gor, page 46-47
When a slave is told to nestle she fits herself against the Master's side, snuggling into the crook of His left arm.
"Nestle," I told her. "Yes, Master," she said. She nestled obediently in the crook of my left arm. Explorers of Gor, page 279
The slave slips to her knees, upper body to the floor, face down before the Master and palms flat to the ground. In another version, she
turns her head and places her cheek against his feet, kissing them lightly in a gesture of submission or in seeking forgiveness.
Swiftly we assumed a common form of slave obeisance, kneeling, the palms of our hands on the ground, our heads to the ground.
Many masters, though it tends to be rather associated usually with given cities, require this position of their girls, usually when they
first enter his presence or find themselves, as in a room which he has entered, in his presence. Dancer of Gor, page 114
"Now" I said, " and this is clearly a form of obeisance, bend forward and put your head to the mat, the palms of your hands on the
mat. Good. Now lift your head a little and come forward, substantially keeping the position. Forward a little more." " But then my face
will be at your feet," she said," My lips will be over them!"
"Yes," I said, "Good, now, put your head down and lick and kiss my feet." Mercenaries of Gor, page 410
This is used when waiting to enter a room. She kneels and touches her forehead to the floor stretching her arms out before her with palms
face down and fingers spread.
I knelt before the guest, putting the palms of my hands on the floor and my head to the tiles. Kajira of Gor, page 305
Like the walk command, you move toward an 'objective' you run toward the objective or object, taking short rapid steps, with the legs
almost straight. Again the feet hardly leave the floor. As you move the back is straight, the head is turned to the left, and the arms are at
your sides. Hold the palms at a 45-degree angle to her body, facing outward. Upon reaching the 'objective', drop gracefully to your knees
and then typically you would resume the position Nadu.
I was amused, for she had run as a slave girl is sometimes taught to run, with rapid short steps, her legs almost straight, her feet
scarcely leaving the ground, back straight, head turned to the left, arms at her sides, palms out at a forty-five degree angle, more of
a dancer's motion than a true run. Assassin of Gor, page 45
The kajira lowers to her hands and knees, her head down on the floor, her hindquarters thrust high for viewing and/or her Master's
Serving in the modality of the she-quadruped is an instruction whereby the slave performs her regular duties upon hands and knees,
without the benefit of the use of her hands. In this mode she may not rise to her feet and may use only her mouth and teeth to
grasp and manipulate objects.
Assuming the modality of the she-quadruped. In this discipline the female is forbidden human speech. She is also forbidden human
posture, in the sense that she is not allowed to rise to her feet. Her locomotion, unless commanded to roll, or put under similar
commands, suitable for a pet, will be on all fours........When used, too, it will commonly be in the modality of the she-quadrupled. This
discipline is often used as a punishment, but it may figure in the training of a new girl. It helps her to understand what she now is,
an animal totally subject to her master. Mercenaries of Gor, page 215-216
"Girl," I said to her.
She, addressed, scrambled to her knees. She kept her head down. She whimpered.
"She does not speak," said Boabissia.
"She is perhaps under the discipline of the she-quadruped," I said.
The girl whimpered, looking at us, nodding her head affirmatively. Then she put down her head, again. Mercenaries of Gor, page 215
Tears formed in my eyes. There is a form of mock rebellion which is sometimes permitted of a slave girl, or even commanded of her,
for the master's amusement. I felt a tear on my cheek. "Show rebellion," is a command given which a girl must, as any other, obey.
Yet it is a terribly cruel command. "Kneel" is the command which, commonly, puts an end to her rebellion. When a girl has been
permitted defiance it is then all the sweeter, I gather, to bring her to her knees before you. Slave girl of Gor, page 153
At the command Slave Lips, or Lips. A slave turns their head up to the Master. The lips are pursed gently, in a soft sensual kiss. The slave
remains motionless, lips held, and may not move till the Master wishes or kisses her or orders her to please him in the more graphic way.
The command which commonly follows the "Slave lips" command is, "Please me.'" Blood Brothers of Gor, page 111
I went to the side of the room and picked up my sea bag. I threw it to the center of the room. She looked down at it puzzled. It was
of heavy blue material, canvas, and tied with a white rope. "Lie down upon it," I told her, "on your back, your head to the floor." She
did so. "No, please," she said, "not like this." It is a common position for a disciplinary slave rape. In it the woman feels very
vulnerable, very helpless. I then took her." Explorer of Gor, page 202
He knelt me there. 'Put your head down, to the floor,' he said. 'Clasp your hands, firmly, behind the back of your neck.' 'Yes, Master,'
I moaned. He was then behind me. He put his hands, under my arms, on my breasts, sweetly and firmly. Then he moved his bands
back, caressing my flanks. My head was down. My fingers were together, behind the back of my neck. I was in his collar. It was
steel, I could not remove it. I belonged to him. My body hurt, from his whip, that of my Master. My head hurt, from my hair, where I
had been conducted, unceremoniously, to this location. 'Please, Master,' I sobbed. 'Not like this! Not you, please!' 'The slave is
pretty,' he remarked. 'Oh!' I cried. 'Oh!' 'You have a lovely ass,' he said. 'Ohhh!' I said. 'You may thank me,' he said. Kajira of Gor,
I snapped my fingers. She knelt. I snapped my fingers again. She stood. Fighting Slave of Gor, page 215
He looked me over. I blushed, under Gorean appraisal, I only wore my tether. "Stand as a slave," he said. I stood beautifully, back
straight, head high, belly sucked in, hip turned. No woman can stand more beautifully than as a Gorean slave girl. "Excellent", said
Ladle tender, smacking his lips. 'Master is pleased," I said. "Yes", he said. "The slave too, is then pleased", I said. Slave Girl of Gor,
If I were you, I would not wander about just now," I said. "Do you understand?" She whimpered once. "Stay," I told her, making
certain of her compliance, giving her a command common to slaves. This informs them they are to remain where they are until moved,
or given permission to more. She whimpered once, once again. Renegades of Gor, page 297
Also called "the Position of Female Submission." The slave kneels at the Master's feet and leans her body back, sitting upon her heels, with
her arms extended upward, crossed at the wrists, and her head beneath them lowered in supplication.
"Assume the posture of female submission," I told her. She did so, kneeling back on her heels, her arms extended, wrists crossed,
her head between them, down." Tribesmen of Gor, page 359
This position is easy to understand. Lying on the back hands at sides, palms facing upward. Legs are spread wide open, the slave awaits
inspection or use.
"Sula! Kajira," said the man. She slid her legs from under her and lay on her back, her hands at her sides, palms up, her legs
open. Explorers of Gor, page 77
Head held high, eyes downcast, knees together, shoulders back keeping her back straight (or arched slightly), breasts thrust outward. Her
hands lie crossed at the wrist, on her thighs. It is typically reserved for underage or white-silk slaves, or slaves who serve their Master in
a non-sexual way, or mistress's slaves and also such as a Tower slave or female work slave.
The Gorean male, at ease, usually sits crossed-legged and the female kneels, resting back on her heels. The position of the Tower
Slave, in which Vika knelt, differs from that of a free woman only in the position of the wrists which are held before her and, when
not occupied, crossed as though for binding. A free woman's wrists are never so placed. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 46
Hand Signals and Commands
I snapped my fingers and Ina hurried to me. As I had kept the palm of my hand up, she did not kneel. She stood happily before me. I
took the wet rope which dangled behind her and wrapped it about her waist, tucking one end in, to keep it in place. The fellow whose
rope it was could retrieve it later. I looked down at her. She looked up, happily. Vagabonds of Gor, page 327
I spread the first two fingers of my right hand and gestured downward, toward a place nearby in the sand. Immediately she knelt
there, her knees widely spread. There are many signals by means of which such behaviors can be commanded. In this particular
signal, one of several which, from city to city, might have similar import, the downward movement of the hand indicates that the girl is
to kneel, the place where she is to kneel is indicated in effect by pointing, and the spreading of the fingers indicates how she is to
kneel, in this case, in effect, in the position of the pleasure slave, the knees spread. Vagabonds of Gor, page 328
"Kneel, back on your heels," said the trainer to the dark-haired woman. "Straighten your back, suck in your gut, put your shoulders
back, thrust out your breasts, spread your knees, widely, lift your chin, put your hands on your thighs. You are not going to be sold as
a Tower Slave, Lady Tina. You are going to be sold as a Pleasure Slave."
Kajira of Gor, page 141
He suddenly snapped his fingers and, in the swift double gesture of the Gorean Master, pointed to a place on the dirt floor before
him, almost simultaneously turning his hand, spreading the first and index fingers, pointing downwards. I fled to him and knelt before
him, my knees in the dirt, in the position of the pleasure slave, my head down, trembling. Captive of Gor, page 143
I gestured that she should return the whip, and then, briefly, placed four fingers, downward, on the arm of the curule chair. The whip
would be returned, then, in the manner of the naked slave.
"Yes, my Master," she whispered.
She fell forward, to her hands and knees, with a jangle of slave bells, and put her head down. She took the staff of the whip, which is
about an inch and a quarter to an inch and a half in diameter, gently between her teeth, and looked up at me. The staff of the whip
was crosswise in her mouth. Her mouth, by the whip, was held widely open. I snapped my fingers. Head down, then, on all fours, to
the small sounds of the slave bells on her wrists and ankles, and collar, she slowly ascended the three broad steps of the carpeted
dais. She was then before me, on all fours, the lovely, obedient slave, the former Miss Henderson, before the curule chair on which I
reclined. Guardsman of Gor, page 178, 179
A slave never breaks position or command until
commanded to do so by a Free.
There are many reasons for this position, sometimes as
punishment. Lying upon your stomach, face down and
turned to the left; with wrists crossed behind the back.
Ankles are crossed, as well, as if for binding.
"Bara," said Mincon to Tula. "Bara," said I to Feiqa.
Both slaves went immediately to their bellies, their
heads to the left, their wrists crossed behind their
backs, their ankles also crossed. It is a common binding
position. Mercenaries of Gor, page 145
This command is used for varied reasons. Lower yourself
gracefully to the floor face down, the slaves forehead