Kajira

Kajira is the term for female slave or “slave-girl” in John Norman’s Gor novels. Slaves in the Gorean lifestyle will refer to themselves as kajirae. The phrase “la kajira” is said to mean “I am a slave-girl.” in the Gorean language, the most widely-spoken lingua franca in the known regions of the planet Gor (this is one of the few complete Gorean-language sentences given in the Gor novels).

The word is usually seen in the feminine form “kajira” (pl. “kajirae”), as most slaves in the Gorean lifestyle are female; the masculine forms are “kajirus” and “kajiri” (with endings taken from the nominative forms of Latin first and second declension nouns, as also seen in words such as “alumna”/”alumnus” etc.). The construction “kajiras” is incorrect, but is occasionally seen in third-party writing.

There exist various techniques in Gorean culture to teach Gorean slaves corresponding conduct. Slave tasks may include not only sexual slavery, but also the ability to maintain a household, possess artistic skills, wear an appealing outfit and address the master in certain manner. Gorean slave women are branded, which means they are marked with certain signs burned into the flesh on being enslaved. To mark a slave as a particular owner’s property, a collar with the owner’s name is placed upon the slave (male and female slaves are collared.).