Though caste is extremely imortant in the gorean culture, not every gorean group has castes. (i.e. Torvaldsland, Nomands, etc. )
Caste is extremely important to most Goreans, even when they do not all practice the traditional crafts of their caste. It is one of the "nationalities" of the Gorean, so to speak. 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, or generated political allegiances, which, later, interestingly, 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.
Book 22, Dancer of Gor: Pages 292-293
Clans of the Nomads Edit
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 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.
Book 4, Nomads of Gor pg(s) 12
Clan of the Healers Edit
They do have" however" certain clans" not castes" which specialize in certain matters" for example the clan of healers.
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 8
Clan of Scarers Edit
those whose job it is to place the scars upon the Warriors of the Wagon People, when called upon.
"When I have time," said Harold, "I will call one from the Clan of Scarers and have the scar affixed. It will make me look even more handsome."
Book 4, Nomads of Gor: Page 274
Clan of Torturers Edit
ones whose job it is to get much needed information from others by means of torture.
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.
Book 4, Nomadsof: Gor: Page 9
"For what you have done," he said, "it is common to call for one of the Clan of Torturers."
Book 4, Nomadsof Gor: Page 142