Slave Positions

Bara

Belly

Binding position

Blanket

Bracelets

Bound by Master's will

Capture Position

Chaining

Collar

Crawl

Display Position

Female Submission

Gorean Bow

Hair

Heel

He Sleen

Highbracelets

High-Harness

Karta

Kneel to be coffled

Kneel to the whip

Leading

Lesha

Lovebow

Modality of the She Quadruped

Nadu

Nestle

Obedience

Obeisance

Prostrate

Run

She-Sleen

Slaver's Kiss

Slave Lips

Slave Rape

Stand

Submission

Suga

Sula

Sula-Ki

Table

Thigh

Tower Kneel

Usage Position

Walk

Whipping Position

A Note on Non-Verbal Commands


Bara
The slave moves to lay facedown upon the floor, forehead lightly touching the floor, legs straight with ankles crossed and wrists crossed at the small of the back
"Bara, Kajira!" he said. She rolled quickly to her stomach, placing her wrists behind her, crossed, and crossing her ankles, ready to be bound. Explorers of Gor, page 77

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Belly
The slave moves to her belly, hands palms down near the sides of her head, forehead to the ground and waits for further orders
"Stop," he said. "To your belly." Then I was on my belly, on the tiles, my hands at the sides of my head, prone, before his curule chair. Kajira of Gor, page 427

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Binding position
When ordered into standard binding position the slave lays on the ground, wrists crossed behind the back and ankles crossed. (this is most likely another name for bara) (no quote as yet)

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Blanket
This, while not technically a command, is still an action the slave should remember. If something is thrown over her head she must remain silent and motionless until freed from it.
I then threw the second blanket, the top blanket over her, covering her completely. When a blanket, or cloak, or covering of any sort, is thrown over a slave like this she may not speak or rise. She must remain as she is, silent, until the master , or some free man, lifts the covering away. Explorers of Gor, page 94

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Bracelets
In this standard binding position the girl turns to face away from the Master, back and shoulders straight, wrists held at the small of the back for ease in attaching slave bracelets
"Bracelets," he snapped. She put her head in the air and placed her hands behind her back. Hunters of Gor, page 146

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Bound by Master's will
When a slave is commanded to hold position, as though bound, hands clasping opposite wrists until released. (Book 22: Dancer of Gor, page 227; Book 25: Magicians of Gor, page 388) this is not a position, but an action.
"She wore the `bonds of the master's will.' Grunt had put her in them. She could not rise to her feet. Yet there was not a rope or strap on her body. She was `bound by the master's will.' She could not move from this position unless, at the word of a free person, she was freed from it. To break the position otherwise is to be instantly slain." (Blood Brothers of Gor, page 248)

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Capture Position
The slave lays down upon her back, bending her knees to place her feet flat against the ground, hands at her side and remains motionless.
"On your back," he said, "knees raised, heels on the floor." I then lay before him, in a standard, supine capture position. Kajira of Gor, page 422

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Chaining
Is slave places hands behind the back hands clasped tightly, pushes shoulders back and chest thrust outward, ...ready for bracelets.{no quote as yet)

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Collar
Also called "The Position of Female Submission."....in this position the slave kneels at the Master's feet and leans her body back, sitting upon her heels, with her arms extended upward, crossed at the wrists, and her head beneath them lowered in supplication
'Then, to my astonishment, the daughter of the Ubar Marlenus, daughter of the Ubar of Ar, knelt before me, a simple warrior of Ko-ro-ba, and lowered her head, lifting and extending her arms, wrists crossed. It was the submission of the captive female. Without raising her eyes from the ground, the daughter of the Ubar said in a clear, distinct voice: -- 'I submit myself.' I was speechless for a moment, but then, remembering that harsh Gorean custom required me either to accept the submission or slay the captive, I took her wrists in my hands and said, 'I accept your submission.' Tarnsman of Gor Chapter 1

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Crawl
The slave gets down on all fours and crawls upon her belly to just an inch from the Master's feet.
"I crawl to my Master on my belly," she said," and beg for his touch." I smiled. Beasts of Gor, page 80
I pointed to the stones at my feet. "Crawl," I said, in Gorean. The girl slipped to her belly, and, as a slave girl, crawled to my feet. She put her lips to my foot; I felt her hair over it. Tribesmen of Gor, page 78

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Display Position
Stands, feet about shoulders width apart, fingers laced behind the neck with elbows back, head up and eyes lowered.
The auctioneer did not strike her with his whip. He merely took her arms and lifted them, so that the position chain, attached to each side of the sales collar lay across her her upper arms. Then he had her clasp her hands behind the back of her neck, so that the chain, on each side of the collar, was in the crook of her arms, and she was exposed in such a way that she could be properly exhibited. Explorers of Gor, page 36

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Female Submission
In this position the slave kneels at the Master's feet and leans his/her body back; sitting upon her heels; with her arms extended upward
Then, to my astonishment, the daughter of the Ubar Marlenus, daughter of the Ubar of Ar, knelt before me, a simple warrior of Ko-ro-ba, and lowered her head, lifting and extending her arms, wrists crossed. It was the submission of the captive female. Without raising her eyes from the ground, the daughter of the Ubar said in a clear, distinct voice: -- 'I submit myself.' I was speechless for a moment, but then, remembering that harsh Gorean custom required me either to accept the submission or slay the captive, I took her wrists in my hands and said, 'I accept your submission.' Tarnsman of Gor Chapter 1

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Gorean Bow
The slave kneels in nadu position, bends the body backwards, the head to the floor, then places the hands by the head, and pulls up into a back bend. (this position is very painful to maintain for longer than 5 min hence it is generally used as a position of punishment)
"kneels in nadu position, she bends her body backwards, her head to the floor, she places her hands by her head, and pulls up into a back bend. (This position is very painful to maintain for longer than 5 minutes.)" (Marauders of Gor, page 261)

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Hair
The girl stands and bows at the waist, letting her hair fall forward for display, to be seized or for any other purpose the Master might require. Another varient of this position sometime used is for the slave to stay in her previous position just bowing her head and letting her hair dangle before her for whatever use required.
I held my left hand open, at my waist. She stiffened, and looked at me, angrily. I opened and closed my left hand once. I saw her training in Gorean customs had been thorough. But she never thought that such a gesture would be used to her. She came beside me, and a bit behind me, and, crouching, put her head down, deeply. I fastened my hand in her hair. She winced. Women are helpless in this position. Beasts of Gor, page 409

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Heel
The Forkbeard turned about and, one arm about Pudding, the other about Gunnhild, started from the dock. Hilda followed him, to his left. "She heels nicely," said Ottar. The men and bond-maids laughed. The Forkbeard stopped. Hilda's face burned red with fury, but she kept her head high. Pet sleen are taught to heel; so, too, sometimes, are bond-maids; I was familiar with this sort of thing, of course; in the south it was quite common for slave girls; in various fashions in various cities, to heel their masters. Marauders of Gor, page 123

These things vary, I learned from city to city, and depend, also, on such matters as context and conditions. In a market, in the crowding and jostling for instance, a girl may follow so closely she pressed against the back of his left shoulder. Girls seldom follow behind and on the right. If she is thusly placed it is commonly a sign she is in disfavor. If more than one girl is involved, she who follows most closely on the left is generally taken to be in highest favor; girls compete for this position. In an open area, such a the fields in which we trekked, the girl is placed some five or ten feet behind, and on the left. If he must move suddenly she will not, thusly, constitute an impediment to his action. Slave Girl of Gor, page 30

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He Sleen
Moves to knees and elbows; hands clasped over your head; bottom in the air; ready for either being beaten on the bottom or being taken from behind like an animal
He knelt me there. "Put your head down, to the floor," he said. "Clasp your hands, firmly, behind the back of your neck." "Yes, Master," I moaned. He was then behind me. He put his hands, under my arms, on my breasts, sweetly and firmly. (Kajira of Gor, page 434)

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Highbracelets
Slave stands with feet shoulder width apart, holding head high with eyes lowered submissively, arms out before with wrists pressed together.ready for binding. (no quote as yet)

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High-Harness
This is a position used most often with display slaves. The slave holds her head very high, exposing her neck.
"Lift your head, " he said. "Higher. Higher!" She looked up at him, her head far back, the leash on her throat.... "You need not now keep your head in high-harness position,", he said to the girl. She moved her head. Mercenaries of Gor, pages 308-309

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Karta
Slave kneels with thighs spread wide, rocking back upon heels, then lowers the body to the ground, placing hands against the ground, palms lowered with fingers splayed open.
"At his entrance Susan put the palms of her hands on the floor and lowered her head to the tiles, assuming a position of slave obeisance common with her in the presence of her Master." (Kajira of Gor)

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Kneel-to-be-coffled
Kneels, normally thighs parted, up upon the heels and lifts either the left or right wrist outwards, depending on the type of coffle, so that the wrist can be attached to a wrist ring within the coffle chain
"Kneel to be coffled," said one of the men. The girls knelt, closely, one behind the other, there were six wrist rings on the chain he carried. He placed the girl who had been whipped by Lady Sabina first in the coffle line. "Left wrist coffle," he said. They lifted their left wrists, frightened. Interestingly, the man snapping the wrist rings on the girls' left wrists did not put the first girl in the first ring, but the second. When the four maids were coffled there was, thus, an empty wrist ring both at the head and rear of the line. "Stand, Slaves," said the man. "Lower chain." The girls stood. Then, ordered, the lowered their wrists. They were then in line, standing, coffled." (Slave Gor of Gor, page 57)

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Kneel to the whip
Quickly drops to knees, and place forehead to the floor, hips raised high, cross arms across belly fingers gripping sides.
"I went to Targo, trembling, and knelt at his feet... I crossed my wrists beneath me and touched my head to the floor, exposing the bow of my back. It is the submissive posture of a slave girl who is to be punished. It is called Kneeling to the Whip." (Captive of Gor, page 200)

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Leading
The slave stands and moves behind her Master,slightly to His left or right side depending on which of His hands is dominant, bending at the waist. She places her hands behind her and puts the side of her head to her Master's hip, that he might lead her easily by the hair while walking.

In a moment I had left the building, pulling the captive behind me, her head down at my waist, in leading position. Mercenaries of Gor, page s399-400

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Lesha
Kneel, thighs well parted, back straight or slightly arched, head held high, chin tilted to the left, hands at back with wrists crossed. This position is used to clip a leash onto the collar or for simple display/inspection of a slave girl.
Also spelt Lesha and Lessh
"Lesha," snapped the second officer to the blond girl. She spun from facing him, and lifted her chin, turning her head to the left, placing her wrists behind her, as though for snapping them into slave bracelets. Explorers of Gor p76

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Lovebow
Slave kneels in nadu, bends the body backwards, head to the floor, hands placed by the head, and pulls up into a back bend.
"kneels in nadu position, she bends her body backwards, her head to the floor, she places her hands by her head, and pulls up into a back bend. (This position is very painful to maintain for longer than 5 minutes.)" (Marauders of Gor, page 261)

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Modality of the She Quadruped
This is not technically a position but is definitely a command sometimes used for punishment. When ordered into this mode the slave stays on all fours, like an animal, and cannot speak or reach for things with her hands. she is kept quite definitely as only a mute pet much like any sleen would act. Sometimes the slave is even taught tricks she must learn without the help of verbal clues.

In this form of slavery, which is commonly used for disciplinary purposes, or for the amusement of the Master, the woman is not permitted to arise from all fours; similarly she is not permitted human speech, though she may signify needs and desires by such means as cringing, and moaning and whimpering. Not permitted the use of her hands, save as a means of locomotion, she must also eat and drink from pans set on the floor, or, sometimes to satisfy her thirst, she must lap the water permitted to her from puddles or lick pillages from the tiles; too, it is no uncommon to chain her near her master's feet, while he dines, that he may, if he wishes, throw her scraps of food. She will also be taught tricks, through which paces she may be put for the entertainment of her master's guests, such things as begging, lying down, rolling over, and fetching his sandals in her teeth. And, needless to say, when her master wishes to use her sexually, it will be a position common to the she-quadruped. Guardsman of Gor, page 225

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Nadu
kneel with thighs spread wide, back held straight or arched slightly, breast thrust forward, head held high with eyes lowered, sitting back on heels, hands resting palms up or palms down on thighs. Palms up was considered a plea for rape or sign of submission in some circumstances.
Come now, my pretty slaves,' said Ginger, "kneel straight. Back straight, heads up. Back on your heels there! Spread those pretty knees. Yes, that is the way men like it. Put your hands, palms down, on your thighs. Good. good. Excellent!" The girls now knelt in the coffle as pleasure slaves. Savages of Gor, page 155
"Nadu!" he snapped. She swiftly turned, facing him, and dropped to her knees. She knelt back on her heels, her back straight, her hands on her thighs, her head up, her knees wide. It was the position of the pleasure slave. Explorers of Gor p77

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Nestle
When a slave is told to nestle she fits herself against the Master's side, snuggling into the crook of His arm.
"Nestle," I told her. "Yes, Master," she said. She nestled obediently in the crook of my left arm. Explorers of Gor, page 279

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Obedience
lays belly down beside Master and place chin on his feet (IRCism)

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Obeisance
There are three different forms of this position though all have the same basic meaning behind it. Each is a show of female submission.

1) the slave kneels in nadu with her head lowered.

2) from nadu, the slave lowers head to the ground, placing her hands against the ground, palms lowered. (this is sometimes refered to as karta)

3) the slave moves to her belly and slowly inches forward to the Master's feet and at that point proceeds to lick and kiss at them before bellying back somewhat. (this position is known among many as the "belly" position)
"There are many ways to perform obeisance. "I said. "I am a free woman," she said, " I know none of them." "I shall instruct you briefly in three," I said. " First kneel before me , back on your heels, yes, with your knees wide, wider, your hands on your thighs, your back straight, your breasts out, good, your belly in, good, and now lower your head in deference, in submission." "Now that," I said, " may not be exactly a form of obeisance, for authorities do not all agree, but for our purposes we shall count it as one. It is, at any rate, a beautiful position, and it is, certainly, a common position of slave submission." "Now" I said, " and this is clearly a form of obeisance, bend forward and put your head to the mat, the palms of your hands on the mat. Good. Now lift your head little and come forward, substantially keeping the position. Forward a little more." "But then my face will be at your feet," she said," My lips will be over them!" "Yes," I said, "Good, now, put your head down and lick and kiss my feet." "I am a free Woman!" She Said. "You are a woman," I said," now softly lingeringly, and lovingly, Good." "I am not a slave," she said "All women are slaves, "I said " Imagine what this would be like if you were truly a collared slave." She gasped. "Now" I said, "for a third form of obeisance. You may belly to me." "I do not understand, " she whispered. "There are various forms of bellying, " I said, and bellying may be suitably and pleasingly combined with other forms of floor movements, approaching the Master on all fours, turning to your sides and back, writhing before him, and so on. We will take a very simple variation, suitable for an ignorant free female who has not yet even begun to discover the depths of her sexuality." She looked up at me. "On your belly," I said. She backed off a bit , and went to her belly. her hair was before her face, as she now on her belly before me looked up at me. "Now inch forward," I said, " remaining low on your belly, and when you reach my feet, once again, as before, lifting your head a little, tenderly and humbly, and beautifully, as though you were a slave, lick and kiss them. Good. Good. Now take my foot and place it gently on your head. Very good. Now place it again on the Mat, and kiss it again. Good. You may now belly back a little, humbly. I have not yet given you permission to rise of course." Mercenaries of Gor, pages 409-410

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Prostrate
kneel and touch forehead to the floor, stretch arms out before you with palms face down and fingers spread
I knelt before the guest, putting the palms of my hands on the floor and my head to the tiles. Kajira of Gor, page 305

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Run
slave runs keeping legs rigid and unbending at the knee, short rapid steps. Feet must stay close to the surface of the floor/ground
"I was amused, for she had run as a slave girl is sometimes taught to run, with rapid short steps, her legs almost straight, her feet scarcely leaving the ground, back straight, head turned to the left, arms at her sides, palms out at a forty-five degree angle, more of a dancer's motion than a true run. (Assassin of Gor, pg. 45)

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She-Sleen
moves to knees and elbows, hands clasped over your head, bottom in the air, ready for either being beaten on the bottom or being taken from behind like an animal
He knelt me there. "Put your head down, to the floor," he said. "Clasp your hands, firmly, behind the back of your neck. " "Yes, Master," I moaned. He was then behind me. He put his hands, under my arms, on my breasts, sweetly and firmly. Then he moved his bands back, caressing my flanks. My head was down. My fingers were together, behind the back of my neck. I was in his collar. It was steel, I could not remove it. I belonged to him. My body hurt, from his whip, that of my master. My head hurt, from my hair, where I had been conducted, unceremoniously, to this location. "Please, Master," I sobbed. "Not like this! Not you, please!" "The slave is pretty," he remarked. "Oh!" I cried. "Oh!" "You have a lovely ass," he said. "Ohhh!" I said. "You may thank me," he said. Kajira of Gor, page 434

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Slaver's Kiss
to the floor on all fours, head lowered to the ground, bottom high in the air, thighs widely spread, slaves heat exposed
Explorers of Gor p40, Nomads of Gor, p168

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Slave Lips
turn toward person who commanded it, purse lips and remain immobile until your freed from immobility with a kiss.
Similarly, I was not required to respond to certain sorts of commands, for example, to make "slave lips," pursing my lips for kissing, or to writhe slowly before my viewers. Kajira of Gor, page 224

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Slave Rape
You can infer from the books that there are many types but the standard is that the girl lays motionless and supine in preparation to be raped.
I went to the side of the room and picked up my sea bag. I threw it to the center of the room. She looked down at it puzzled. It was of heavy blue material, canvas, and tied with a white rope. "Lie down upon it," I told her, "on your back, your head to the floor." She did so. "No, please," she said, "not like this." It is a common position for a disciplinary slave rape. In it the woman feels very vulnerable, very helpless. I then took her. Explorers of Gor, page 202

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Stand
slave rises on feet; parting them shoulder width; hands resting palms up upon thighs; head up; eyes downcasted (no quote found as yet)

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Submission
kneels, bends at the waist, places cheek to the floor, takes the Master's right foot and places it upon her neck, places arms behind back, crossing them at the wrist.

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Suga
An IRCism as far as research shows... similar to karta but in this her wrists are crossed. from nadu lays head to the floor, one cheek to the floor, arms stretched over head and wrists crossed, awaiting His permission to speak.

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Sula
Lay on back on the floor, spread feet shoulder-width apart, and rest arms with palms up at sides, left knee flexed slightly to enhance the view. Keep eyes lowered and await inspection
"Sula, Kajira!" said the man. She slid her legs from under her and lay on her back, her hands at her sides, palms up, legs open. Explorers of Gor, page 77

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Sula-Ki
lays on back on the floor feet to the floor, hands at sides palms open and up, legs are spread widely apart, ready for sex or bondage or control lift hips off the floor slowly to entice usage

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Table
goes to hands and knees, locking elbows, knees spread and firmly to the floor, make back smooth and level, head held level (can be used to set things on, or as a foot prop, or anything else required.)(IRCism)

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Thigh
A command meaning "show your brand." This command might be given to a female or to the Free person with a female, who is not identified. (Book 16: Guardsman of Gor, page 184; Book 24: Vagabonds of Gor, pages 383 and 399)

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Tower Kneel
see nadu, alteration: knees are closed and thighs are pressed closely together (this position is used most often used to serve Mistresses)wrists may or not be crosses as your owner decides.
The position of the Tower Slave, in which Vika knelt, differs from that of a free woman only in the position of the wrists which are held before her and, when not occupied, crossed as though for binding...The position of the Pleasure Slave, incidentally, differs from the position of both the free woman and the Tower Slave. The hands of a Pleasure Slave normally rest on her thighs but, in some cities, for example, Thentis, I believe, they are crossed behind her. More significantly, for the free woman's hands may also rest on her thighs, there is a difference in the placement of the knees. In all these kneeling positions, incidentally, even that of the Pleasure Slave, the Gorean woman carries herself well; her back is straight and her chin is high. She tends to be vital and beautiful to look upon." Priest Kings of Gor, pages 46-47

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Usage Position
on hands and knees, legs parted widely, head straight, hair falling across her back, remain motionless waiting for command

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Walk
When this command is given, the slave turns in a graceful pirouette, her hair swinging...she then walks, gliding across the room, her feet hardly seeming to leave the floor, her hips swaying sensually, her body erect and proud....when she reaches her objective she halts and stands, her body erect, her shoulders back, her chest thrust forward, her belly in...she turns her hip out a bit, her hands at her sides, and points one foot....her head is up and her eyes are lowered (no quote found).

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Whipping Position
quickly drops to knees, and place forehead to the floor, hips raised high, cross arms across belly fingers gripping your sides.
I went to Targo, trembling, and knelt at his feet... I crossed my wrists beneath me and touched my head to the floor, exposing the bow of my back. It is the submissive posture of a slave girl who is to be punished. It is called Kneeling to the Whip. Captive of Gor, page 200

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A Note on Non-Verbal Commands
It is important that a slave be alert to their Master as commands are not always given orally

He suddenly snapped his fingers and, in the swift double gesture of the Gorean Master, pointed to a place on the dirt floor before him, almost simultaneously turning his hand, spreading the first and index fingers, pointing downwards. I fled to him and knelt before him, my knees in the dirt, in the position of the pleasure slave, my head down, trembling. Captive of Gor, page 143

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