"Eta smiled. She pointed to her brand.
'Kan-lara' she said."
(Book 11: Slave Girl of Gor, page 80)
author: DevanaPerun / Lliure
«Kan-lara» means quite simply «brand»
Every brand has a flowing beauty of its own, and, although used to mark the girl as slave to all men, also adds a certain beauty and grace to the girl.
There are also some brands, such as the brand found on the thieves in Port Kar, which are indicative of caste. Just as the Romans and Greeks used brands to identify thieves and other lawbreakers, there are also small penalty brands on Gor.
While it is not common for a girl to have more than one brand, there are instances where a personal or custom brand may be also added to a more common kef brand upon a girl’s flesh. S\slaves can also be branded with less desirable brands, or with penalty brands, if the girl is found displeasing.
Branding locations Branded more commonly on the left thigh then the right. Sometimes on the lower left abdomen, which is the third most favored brand site. They can also be on the left side of the neck (mentioned as tiny behind left ear), on the left calf, interior of the left heel, inside of the forearms, left breast, or the high instep area of the left foot, buttocks. Although left side always favored, right possible.
The most common of brands. The kef is the first Gorean letter of the word ‘kajira’ or ‘slave girl’ and is, therefore, a most fitting of brands to be placed upon slave flesh. It is approximately one-and-one-half to two-inches in height and a half-inch wide. The vertical bar is straight and somewhat strict, possibly indicative of the male dominance, while the two curling, frond-like extensions are feminine in style and placed near its base, as if in submission to the dominant bar.
The dina flower is a small, many petaled flower found on slopes of hills in northern temperate areas of Gor. It is short-stemmed, blooms in a turf of green leaves and resembles in some manner the rose. The dina is often called the ‘slave flower.’ It is a prized brand in the southern parts of Gor beneath the equator, where the dina flower is a rarity.
Found frequently in the north, the brand used on bond-maids consists of a half circle with, at its right tip, a steep diagonal line adjoining the circle. The half circle is approximately an inch and a quarter in width; the diagonal line adjoining the half circle is about an inch and a quarter in height. Since a bond-maid in the north is sometimes referred to as a woman whose belly lies beneath the sword, this brand, like many others, is very symbolic.
BRANDS OF THE WAGON PEOPLE
TUCHUK The brand of the Tuchuk tribe is approximately an inch high. The sign of the four bosk horns, set in a manner which resembles an ‘H’ is used to mark both the Tuchuk slave girl and the bosk, although the brand for the bosk is much larger, being roughly six-inches square.
The bola, so efficiently utilized by the Kassars and a part of their standard, is used to mark both their slaves and bosk. The brand symbolizing the bola consists of three circles joined at the center by lines.
The brand used by the Kataii on their animals and slaves is that of a bow, facing to the left.
Symbolic of a bosk head, the Paravaci brand is a semicircle resting on an inverted isosceles triangle.
Brand of Treve
A brand marking those of Treve. It is the first letter, in cursive script, of the name of the city of Treve.
Rather like a tattoo, an appropriate design is cut into the thigh of a slave and a colored powder is rubbed into it.