"I have never seen my father except on the days of public festivals. High Caste daughters in Ar are raised in the Walled Gardens, like
flowers, until some highborn suitor, preferably a Ubar or Administrator, will pay the bride price set by their fathers.'' Tarnsman of Gor,
page 106

"Is she of High Caste?" asked Mintar, apparently puzzled at my lack of interest in his bargaining. Perhaps his price was too low for a
girl of High Caste. Tarnsman of Gor, page121

When I returned to Ko-ro-ba with Talena, a great feast was held and we celebrated our Free Companionship. A holiday was
declared, and the city was ablaze with light and song. Shimmering strings of bells pealed in the wind, and festive lanterns of a
thousand colours swung from the innumerable flower-strewn bridges. There was shouting and laughter, and the glorious colours of
the castes of Gor mingled equally in the cylinders. Gone for the night was even the distinction of master and slave, and many a
wretch in bondage would see the dawn as a free man. Tarnsman of Gor, page 216, 217

Kal-da is a hot drink, almost scalding, made of diluted Ka-la-na wine, mixed with citrus juices and stinging spices. I did not care much
for this mouth-burning concoction, but it was popular with some of the lower castes, particularly those who performed strenuous
manual labor. I expected its popularity was due more to its capacity to warm a man and stick to his ribs, and to its cheapness (a poor
grade of Ka-la-na wine being used in its brewing) than to any gustatory excellence. Outlaw of Gor, page 76

What struck me most about them had nothing to do with caste, but rather their lack of spirit. I did not know if they were weak, or if
they merely thought poorly of themselves. They seemed to me to be without energy, without pride, to be flat, dry, crushed men, men
without self-respect. Outlaw of Gor, page 77


About Caste Colors

On the shoulders of their gray tunics only a small band of color indicated caste. Normally the caste colors of Gor would be in abundant
evidence, enlivening the streets and bridges of the city, a glorious spectacle in Gor's bright, clear air. Outlaw of Gor, page 65

From where Vika and I stood together on the rocky trail, now scarcely able to keep our feet on then path, we could see vast crowds,
robed in all the caste colors of Gor, clustered outside the remains of the palisade, looking fearfully within. I supposed there might be
men from almost all of Gor's cities in that frightened, teeming throng. In the front, several deep, in lines that extended as far as I
could see in both directions, were the white robes of the Initiates. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 293

I found Turia to match my expectations. She was luxurious. Her shops were filled with rare, intriguing paraphernalia. I smelled
perfumes that I had never smelled before. More than once we encountered a line of musicians dancing single file down the center of
the street, playing on their flutes and drums, perhaps on their way to a feast. I was pleased to see again, though often done in silk,
the splendid varieties of caste colors of the typical Gorean city, to hear once more the cries of peddlers that I knew so well, the cake
sellers, the hawkers of vegetables, the wine vendor bending under a double verrskin of his vintage.We did not attract as much
attention as I had thought we would, and I gathered every spring at least, visitors from the Wagon Peoples must come to the City.
Nomads of Gor, page 87, 88
The crowd was stirring in the stands. The caste colors of Gor seemed turbulent in the high tiers. Men rushed here and there securing
the clay disks confirming their bets. Hawkers cried their wares. Here and there children ran about. The sky was a clear blue, dotted
by clouds. The sun was shining. It was a good day for the races. Assassin of Gor, page 361

First, Second, Third Knowledge & Religion

Oddly enough, there was little religious instruction, other than to encourage awe of the Priest-Kings, and what there was, Torm
refused to administer, insisting it was the province of the Initiates. Religious matters on this world tend to be rather carefully
guarded by the Caste of Initiates, who allow members of other castes little participation in their sacrifices and ceremonies. I was
given some prayers to the Priest-Kings to memorize, but they were in Old Gorean, a language cultivated by the Initiates but not
spoken generally on the planet, and I never bothered to learn them. To my delight, I learned that Torm, whose memory was
phenomenal, had forgotten them years ago. I sensed that a certain distrust existed between the Caste of Scribes and the Caste of
Initiates. Tarnsman of Gor, page 40

On the other hand, the High Castes, specifically the Warriors, Builders, Scribes, Initiates and Physicians, were told the truth in such
matters, perhaps because it was thought they would eventually determine it for themselves, from observations such as the shadow
of their planet on one or another of Gor's three small moons during eclipses, the phenomenon of sighting the tops of distant objects
first, and the fact that certain stars could not be seen from certain geographical positions; if the planet had been flat, precisely the
same set of stars would have been observable from every position on its surface. Tarnsman of Gor, Page 41  

How is leadership decided in these cities?" I asked.

"Rulers," he said, "are chosen from any High Caste."

"High Caste?" I asked.

"Yes, of course," was the answer. "In fact, in the First Knowledge, there is a story told to the young in their public nurseries, that if a
man from Lower Caste should come to rule in a city, the city would come to ruin." Tarnsman of Gor, page 42

Those of the High Castes of Gor are permitted by the Priest-Kings only the Second Knowledge, and those of the lower castes are
permitted only the more rudimentary First Knowledge. I had speculated that there would be a Third Knowledge, that reserved for
Priest-Kings. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 39

…The classical knowledge distinctions on Gor tend to follow caste lines, the first knowledge being regarded as appropriate for the
lower castes and the second knowledge for the higher castes, that there is a third knowledge, that of the Priest-Kings, is also a
common belief. The distinction, however, between knowledge tend to be somewhat imperfect and artificial. For example, the second
knowledge, while required for the higher castes and not of the lower castes, is not prohibited to the lower castes. It is not a body of
secret or jealously guarded truths, for example. Gorean libraries, like the table of Kaissa tournaments, tend to be open to men of all
castes. Kajira of Gor, page 388, 389

These fellows, I think, were serious. It might be mentioned, at any rate, that many Goreans, particularly those of lower caste, and
who are likely to have had access only to the “first knowledge”, take things of this sort very seriously, believing they are witness not
to tricks and illusions but to marvellous phenomena consequent upon the gifts and powers of unusual individuals, sorcerers or
magicians. This ingenuousness is doubtless dependent upon several factors, such as the primitiveness of the world, the isolation and
uniqueness of the cities, the disparateness of cultures and the tenuousness of communication. Magicians of Gor, page 254
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Castes of Gor
Caste Distinctions and Colors
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
The Chamber of the Council is the room in which the
elected representatives of the High Castes of Ko-ro-ba
hold their meetings. Each city has such a chamber. It
was in the widest of cylinders, and the ceiling was at
least six times the height of the normal living level. The
ceiling was lit as if by stars, and the walls were of five
colours, applied laterally, beginning from the bottom -
white, blue, yellow, green, and red, caste colours.
Benches of stone, on which the members of the
Council sat, rose in five monumental tiers about the
walls, one tier for each of the High Castes. These tiers
shared the colour of that portion of the wall behind
them, the caste colours.


The tier nearest the floor, which denoted some
preferential status, the white tier, was occupied by
Initiates, Interpreters of the Will of Priest-Kings. In
order, the ascending tiers, blue, yellow, green, and
red, were occupied by representatives of the Scribes,
Builders, Physicians, and Warriors. Tarnsman of Gor,
page 61, 62