“I am surprised to hear such sentiments,” I said

“I am surprised to hear such sentiments,” I said, “from those who must once have held and kissed the Home Stone of Ar.”

This was a reference to the citizenship ceremony which, following the oath of allegiance to the city, involves an actual touching of the city’s Home Stone. This may be the only time in the life of a citizen of the city that they actually touch the Home Stone. In Ar, as in many Gorean cities, citizenship is confirmed in a ceremony of this sort. Nonperformance of this ceremony, upon reaching intellectual majority, can be a cause for expulsion from the city. The rationale seems to be that the community has a right to expect allegiance from its members.

Vagabonds of Gor, p. 451

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