A mere string of hide may serve, of course, as a slave collar.

A mere string of hide may serve, of course, as a slave collar. A collar need not be as light and beautiful as the common, narrow, flat-band collars common in the high cities or the loose, light, rounded loops commonly referred to as Turian collars.

A slave collar need not even lock, though it is better for the girl’s understanding of herself, of course, if it does.

Some collars are of leather, and merely lace shut, those in the Barrens, for example. Peasants may even use a length of rope. Collars of light, attractive chain may also be found, usually closed with a padlock. The nature of the collar, per se, except for purposes of identification and security, and such, is not of great importance.

It could be as simple as a narrow roll of knotted scarlet silk, or white, if the slave is at that time a virgin, or a piece of string or cord, or strip of leather, tied shut, perhaps looped six times about the throat, each time for one of the letters in the word ‘Kajira’, the most common expression in Gorean for a female slave.

With each loop one may spell the word letter by letter—’K-A-J-I-R-A’—and then tie it shut. This is a simple collaring ceremony. The girl understands what is being done, loop by loop. And then, when the knot is jerked tight, she knows she is Kajira.

What is of great importance is not the nature of the collar, or such, but what it betokens, its meaning.

Savages of Gor, p. 467-468

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