Introduction to Nadu position

One of the most ubiquitous Slave Positions throughout all the Gorean Books (and in my personal view one of the most beautiful ones) is Nadu, usually called the position of the Pleasure Slave.

In this position, the slave kneels back on her heels maintaining an excellent posture with her back straight, shoulders thrown back, her head up, her breasts thrust forward, her belly in and with the legs wide open.

Whenever a kajira first encounters a free man in various contexts (such as when her owner re-enters the house, or she is addressed by a man in the street, etc.) she is generally required to assume the Nadu position (or in some cases the common obeisance position, depending on circumstances). Kajirae tend to develop a quasi-reflex reaction of semi-automatically kneeling whenever they hear themselves being addressed by the voice of a man whom they have not been previously recently interacting with, so that kajirae sometimes have to be specifically instructed not to kneel, if the free man does not desire this.

The pleasure-slave position is referred to as “that most elegant and helpless position in which men may place a woman”, and as a “beautiful and significant position” which “well betokens the submission of the female to the free man, her master”.

“In nadu, as the back is straight, the shoulders are back, and this accentuates the delights of the bosom. The widening of the knees suggests the vulnerability of the slave and displays the softness of the open, exposed thighs. The placement of the palms down on the thighs, apart and down, to the sides, suggests that they will be held as they are, and thus are not permitted to fend or thwart a caress. The kneeling position itself is symbolic of submission. The head’s being up displays the beauty of the master’s property, the beauty of the features, the slenderness of the neck, and such, and, too, of course, in this attitude, the badge of his ownership, her collar, is well exhibited. To be sure, this can differ from master to master. Some prefer the slave’s head to be submissively lowered. The slave’s eyes may or may not be permitted to meet the master’s eyes without permission.”

Book 29, Swordsmen of Gor

Considering that as a general rule (with very few exceptions like the Turian Camisk) slaves do not use nether closure, this position has a very strong effect on the psyche of the kajira.

In Nadu, she is helplessly exposed with all her intimacy revealed and she becomes wholly aware of her exposure, resulting in a subconscious arousal of her sexual needs, with the “slave fires” starting to burn in her belly and raging through her body!

“Default position”

In the “default” Nadu position, the palms of the hands are faced down

Palms Up

When the kajira places her palms up, it is a signal that she is begging usage, similar to tying the loose bondage knot on her hair in order to signal her slave needs and begging to be taken and ravished as the kajira she is.

Hands behind back

This position is the least common, being used only in some cases like the city of Thentis or when a slave is ordered to Nadu while having her hands tied behind her back.

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.

Book 3, Priest-Kings of Gor, p. 63

©2020 – Written by Azrael Phoenix

Relevant Quotes:

“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     Book 13     Page 77

“Nadu!” he cried, loosening the whip coils on her throat. She swiftly knelt, back on her heels, back straight, head high, hands on her thighs, knees wide.

Explorers of Gor     Book 13     Page 80

“Nadu!” said Tajima, sharply.
The girl struggled to nadu, kneeling back on her heels, her head up, her back straight, the palms of her hands down on her thighs. She did not make eye contact with any of the free men, but kept her gaze forward.
It is a beautiful position.
“Split your knees,” said Tajima.
“No!” said Pertinax.
“Now!” said Tajima.
The girl spread her knees.
“Wider!” said Tajima. She was, after all, a collar-girl.
The former Miss Wentworth complied, quickly, docilely, with Tajima’s command. She had learned obedience to men, slave obedience, in the stable, at the hands of the grooms.
“Please!” protested Pertinax.
“Stay as you are,” cautioned Tajima.
The slave remained in the adjusted nadu, as directed. It was a common form of nadu, one almost invariably expected of a particular sort of slave, the pleasure slave.

Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Pages 382 – 383

“Nadu,” whispered the taverner, and the girl went to position, back on heels, knees wide, back straight, the palms of her hands down on her thighs. She kept her head down. Commonly, in nadu, the head is up, the gaze straight ahead, that the beauty of her features be displayed, and that she be in a position to better detect the slightest nuances of her master, either in tone or expression, but neither the taverner nor the stranger exacted this small adjustment.

Mariners of Gor     Book 30     Page 10

“Nadu,” he snapped, and I assumed position, as well as I could, being back braceleted. I knelt back on my heels, my body tall, my back straight, my head up, my knees spread. I could not place the palms of my hands down on my thighs, for the restraints.

Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 258

“Nadu!” snapped Kurik.
Immediately we went to nadu, kneeling, back on our heels, our knees well spread, our backs straight, our heads up, the palms of our hands down, on our thighs.

Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594

The examination position, like bara, nadu, sula, and such, tends to arouse a slave. In a sense, the slave is helpless in such positions. Significance is woven into the fiber of such things. Meaning and symbolism reign.

Plunder of Gor     Book 34     Page 594

In the usual position of nadu the palms of the slave’s hands are placed down on the thighs. Slaves can be beaten for boldly daring to beg for use in such a way, exposing the delicacy of their palms to the master.

Quarry of Gor     Book 35     Page 338

“Note the small, soft palms of her hands,” said the officer to his subordinate, regarding them as they were held.
“Such palms look well in nadu,” said the subordinate, “when a naked slave dares to put the back of her hands on her widened thighs, mutely begging a master to be put to his use pleasure.”
In the usual position of nadu the palms of the slave’s hands are placed down on the thighs. Slaves can be beaten for boldly daring to beg for use in such a way, exposing the delicacy of their palms to the master. Similarly tying the loose bondage knot in her hair may bring discipline. Many masters do not care for such blatant, piteous behaviors, such insolent boldness, resenting the slave’s attempt to appeal to them, to plead for the satisfaction of her needs.

Quarry of Gor     Book 35     Page 338

©2020 – Written by Azrael Phoenix

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