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Year 10,174 Contasta Ar


Slaves Owning Slaves



This is my narrative and relevant references from the Books where Slaves Owning Slaves is mentioned.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban



Can one slave own another slave?

There are several quotes which speak of slaves having control over other slaves.
Here is one.

A switch was put in the hands of Eta. She stood over me. I put down my head. She did not strike me. I looked up at her. I realized then that she was first girl in the camp, and that I must obey her, that she had been empowered to set me tasks and duties. Suddenly I feared her.
Slave Girl of Gor     Book 11     Page 66

This one is a little more explicit.

The suspension of brush-and-comb privileges is also used, upon occasion, by the first girls as a disciplinary measure, within the coffle. Other disciplinary measures practiced among girls themselves involve such things as bonds, the control of rations and switchings. Girls, thus, under the control of first girls, reporting to the masters, commonly keep a good order among themselves.
Savages of Gor     Book 17     Page 231

I know, I know, you're thinking "Wait a minute! A slave cannot own property!"
And, I would tend to agree with you, especially based upon, well, this quote.
"Surely you are aware," said Saphrar, "that a slave cannot own property - any more than a kaiila, a tharlarion or sleen."
Nomads of Gor Book 4 Page 132
And then another person says, "OH Yes they can!"
And they go on to site the example of Dina, slave of Albrecht, the Ubar of the Kassars.
They then add, "She owned property she could do with as she pleased!"

"I wager," she said, "that I will reach the lance."
. . .

"Agreed," I said. "And if I should win?"

"You will not," she said.

"But if so?"

"Then," said she, "I will give you a golden ring and a silver cup."
Nomads of Gor     Book 4     Page 75

And since slaves are property, (as shown in the next quote) then the logical conclusion is that slaves can own slaves, right?
She was in a collar. She was goods, an animal, a property, a slave.
Warriors of Gor     Book 37     Page 593
Based on the evidence presented so far, there is a strong case (in some rare circumstance) it could be argued that yes, a slave could own a slave.

But wait, there's more.

What about a female salve owning a male slave? Or vice versa, a male slave owning a female slave.
Does this make any difference?

What do we know about the relationship between female slaves and male slaves?
One would need to reason on the following quotes.
"I was well tricked by Master," I said.
"It was all I could do," he said, "to refrain from fondling you."
"A male slave may not touch a female slave without permission." I said.
Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 405


"Lola," said the Lady Gina, "begin at the far end of the line of male slaves. Tell each that you are his slave. Kiss them. Tell them that you love them. Address them as Master. Then, kiss them again."
"Yes, Mistress," said Lola, miserably. She ran lightly to the end of the line.
. . .
Lola, obedient, frightened, proceeded to the next slave. It was a great shame, I knew, for a female slave to even have to touch a male slave, let alone to perform such an act as to address him as master. Female slaves despise male slaves. They regard themselves, and correctly, I suppose, as the rightful property only of free men and women, masters and mistresses.
Fighting Slave of Gor     Book 14     Page 85
If I was asked the original question, based on the overall theme of the books and the preponderance of evidence (only a portion of which was presented here) I would say that no, slaves cannot own slaves.
But that's just my opinion and this website is not ~Fogaban's Opinion of Gorean Things~.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

















 



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