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Death


Mortality

Generally, Goreans, except the Caste of Initiates, do not believe in immortality. To be of a city is, in a sense, to have been a part of something less perishable than oneself, something divine in the sense of undying. Even so, every Gorean knows cities are mortal, for cities can be destroyed as well as men. Perhaps this is why it makes them love their cities the more, for they know that their city, like themselves, is subject to mortal end.

Death

Goreans believe it is a man's deeds which truly live after him. The difference, great or small, which they make in the world, the difference which he made, for having been there, is what is important. No matter how insignificant or tiny one is, in the Gorean belief, one is an eradicable part of history. That can never be taken from anyone.

Funerals

Dead Goreans may be either buried or cremated. Cremation appears generally reserved for more important individuals. Most Gorean graves are not marked with a headstone or other marker. Goreans feel that it is a man's deeds that live on after his death.

The first few pages of Assassin of Gor give an excellent depiction of a typical Gorean funeral pyre. Gorean funerals are very quiet and at such a time words would only demean or insult. There is only "silence, memory and fire." The Initiates are usually prominent at funerals.

The Cities of Dust refer to the Gorean underworld, the place all go at their deaths.




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