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Gorean Dictionary – D

da (conj.)
here (Book 11: Slave Girl of Gor, page 81)
dance, placatory (noun)
a dance intended to assuage the anger of a Master. It is usually free form, depending on the situation. The ‘Contrition Dance’ of Turia is an example of a formal placatory dance. (Book 22: Dancer of Gor, page 332; Book 25: Magicians of Gor, page 44)
dancing chains (noun)
There are many varieties of this chain. Commonly it is a long, light chain with two wrist rings. The chain goes to each wrist ring and also to the collar. The chain will then hang down to about the knees. The purpose of this chain is not to confine the girl but to allow her to incorporate it in her dance. Another type is the oval and collar, a traditional one in the Tahari region. A girl kneels, head down, in a large oval of light gleaming chain, extending her wrists before her. Fastened at the sides of the top of the oval are two wrist rings. At the sides of the lower loop of the oval are two ankle rings. The oval is then pulled inward and the wrist and ankle rings fastened on her. Her throat is then fastened in the dancing collar that has under the chin an open snap ring. With the left hand, the oval is then gathered together so the two strands of chain lie in the palm of the left hand. They are then placed inside the snap ring that is then snapped shut and locked. The two strands of chain flow freely. The wrists are about a yard apart and the ankles eighteen inches.
dar (adj.)
holy; priest (Book 1: Tarnsman of Gor, page 150)
Dar-Kosis (noun; lit. ‘holy disease’)
an incurable, wasting disease akin to the Earth disease of leprosy; also known as the Sacred Affliction. So named because it is regarded as being holy by the Priest Kings and those who are afflicted are considered as consecrated to the Priest-Kings. The disease is highly contagious, and those who suffer from it are required to wear yellow robes, and constantly sound a wooden clacker to warn of their approach. (Book 1: Tarnsman of Gor, pages 113 and 150-151)
Dar-Kosis Pit (noun)
a place where those afflicted with Dar-Kosis may voluntarily incarcerate themselves while they die. These huge pits have rudimentary shelter and a well. Once within, the sufferer may never leave. Food and necessities are thrown down from tarnback to help the diseased. (Book 1: Tarnsman of Gor, page 151)
date (noun)
a staple of the diet of the Tahari Tribesmen; they are sold in a tef (a handful with the 5 fingers closed; a tefa is 6 tefs (a small basket); Five such baskets constitute a huda. In large compressed bricks, they are used in trade. (Book 10: Tribesman of Gor, page 46)
deck cage (noun)
small cages fastened to the deck of a ship to transport slaves not kept in hold. (Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 26)
deck stones (noun)
white, smooth, soft stones used for sanding boards and decks on ships. (Book 13: Explorers of Gor, page 98)
degradation stripe (noun)
a two-inch-wide band shaved into the hair of men captured by talunas, or panther girls; it runs from the forehead to the nape of the neck (Book 8: Hunters of Gor, page 137)
delka (noun)
1) fourth letter of the gorean alphabet it corresponds to the Earth letter D and is formed as the Earth ‘delta’; 2) Gorean word for delta. (Book 25: Magicians of Gor, page 176)
Delta Brigade (noun)
a rebel group which quietly fought Cosians with ‘resistance’ tactics during their occupation of Ar. Their trademark was a bloody ‘delka’ mark often slashed into the skin of their victims. The existence of this unorganized group began from a comment made in a tavern by Tarl Cabot. The rumor led others, independent of each other, to use similar tactics, which convinced the Cosians of a more concerted effort against them. (Book 25: Magicians of Gor, pages 176-189)
desert kaiila (noun)
also known as sand kaiila; this omnivorous animal is related to the southern kaiila and similar in most aspects barring pelt color and rearing of young; pelt color is tawny or black and young are suckled for a length of time. The men of the Tahari Desert use this mount.
dice (noun)
many forms of dice games exist on Gor, ranging from those played with a single die to five dice. Various symbols are usually painted on their surfaces. Some are sold in sealed boxes bearing their cities imprint. (Book 5: Assassin of Gor, page 248; Book 25: Magicians of Gor, pages 59 and 60)
dina (noun)
a small, short-stemmed flower indigenous to hillsides; sometimes called the ‘slave flower’, it is often used as a design for slave brands; sometimes used as a slave name (Book 11: Slave Girl of Gor, page 61)
disk, golden tarn (noun)
the gold tarn disk of Ar is considered to be the standard by which other cities, such as Ko-Ro-Ba and Port Kar, set the value of their own coinage. It is worth, generally, ten silver tarsks, but standardization is slight due to the shaving or splitting of the coin as well as faulty scales that contribute to the debasing of the coinage. (Book 15: Rogue of Gor, page 155)
display chain (noun)
slave girls who are sold in groups are put into a chain which may be fastened taut at either end; the girls are spaced on the chain so that they don’t crowd together and be more easily displayed; unclothed always. (Book 10: Tribesmen of Gor, page 14)
display slave (noun)
a slave girl whose primary purpose is for the display of her beauty to reflect the affluence of her master; often chained in coffle with other display slaves behind the palanquin or other transport of her master (Book 22: Dancer of Gor, page 367)
display wagon (noun)
flat-bedded and used to transport female slaves, this wagon has a metal framework that allows girls to be chained in alluring positions and viewed easily by those passing; sometimes one end of the wagon is used as an auction block and girls are sold directly off the wagon.
dock eel (noun)
a black freshwater fish, 4’ long and weighing 8-10 lbs.; carnivorous; they inhabit the shallow waters around the dock and wharves of river ports (Book 15: Rogue of Gor, page 155; Book 16: Guardsman of Gor, page 130)
double flute (noun)
a wind instrument. (Book 22: Dancer of Gor, pages 281 and 283; Book 25: Magicians of Gor, pages 120 and 156)
Double Knowledge (noun)
There are two forms of knowledge provided on Gor. The simpler or first knowledge is taught to the lower castes, and includes some misinformation as compared to the Second Knowledge, the more esoteric knowledge taught to the higher castes. The term, ‘Double Knowledge’ refers to the fact that high castes are privy to both knowledges. (Book 1: Tarnsman of Gor, page 41)
double leashing (noun)
a method of slave control. Either two collars with leashes are affixed to her neck, or a collar with a leash on opposite sides is used. (Book 25: Magicians of Gor, pages 360-361)
drum, Red Hunter’s (noun)
large, heavy, handled and disk-like. The frame, made of wood with a cover of Tabuk hide, is struck on the frame with a stick, giving the drum an odd resonance sound. (Book 12: Beasts of Gor, pages 261-262)
dung sack (noun)
used to contain bosk (or any) dung after it has been raked up or collected; also employed as a punishment when slave girls are forced to ‘spend a night in the dung sack’. (Book 4: Nomads of Gor, page 285)
Dust Legs (noun)
a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens; so called because they were the last tribe to domesticate kaiila (Book 17: Savages of Gor, page 148)
Duty of the Twelve Joys (noun)
Muls (slaves to the Priest-Kings) wash completely twelve times a day. (Book 3: Priest Kings of Gor, page 111)


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