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Tahari men, like Goreans in general, are patient, extremely proud, easily offended men, with a touchy sense of honor. They enjoy war. A rumor of an insult or outrage, not inquired closely into, perhaps by intent, will suffice to excite them to war. Most large scale Tahari battles devolve into a melee of individual combats. The names of leaders do not figure into the war cries of the Tahari tribes for it is the tribe that is significant. The cry of the Aretai is "Aretai victorious" and that of the Kavar is "Kavars supreme." It is difficult to maintain a lengthy siege in the Tahari as food supplies at an oasis are short, except for the stores in the Kasbah. Supply lines are also long and difficult to defend. Thus, sieges are rare. "The forms change but, in the Tahari, as elsewhere, order, justice and law rest ultimately upon the determination of men, and steel." (Tribesman of Gor p.151)


Men commonly wear a djellaba, a striped, loose, hooded and long-sleeved robe. The striping denotes its area of origin such as a city, tribe or oasis. Djellebas though would not be worn during a war or in raiding as the sleeves could get in the way of using your weapons. Instead, a man would wear a burnoose. A burnoose is simply a sleeveless, hooded cloak. As your arms are free, you can more easily ride and wield weapons. Some people wear colored sashes with their djellaba or burnoose. For example, some merchants will wear sashes of ostentatious colors, like yellow and purple, to draw attention to themselves. Kaftans, a sleeved, full-length tunic, are also worn.

Men also wear on their heads the kaffiyeh and the agal. "The kaffiyeh is a squarish scarf, folded over into a triangle, and placed over the head, two points at the side of the shoulders, one in back to protect the back of the neck. It is bound to the head by several loops of cord, the agal. The cording indicates tribe and district." (Tribesman of Gor p.20) The cording can also indicate one's city. Some men, generally in the cities, may wear a head scarf, a wrapped turban of rep cloth. This protects the head from the sun and does not permit sweat to escape. Among some Low Caste men, it can also provide a soft cushion for carrying boxes and other burdens. You simply steady the item atop your head with your right hand. In doors, men commonly wear soft, heel-less slippers with extended, curling toes. While in the desert, men may wear sand veils, as protection against for their faces from the elements.


"Let there be salt between us" states an intent to form a close bond with another, a brotherhood of sorts. Salt is placed on the back of each man's wrist. The two men then dip their tongues in the other man's salt. This bond is apparently even stronger than the bond of a man to his tribes. "It is a hard choice you impose upon me," said Hassan, "to choose between my brother and my tribe." Then he said, "I am of the Tahari. I must choose my brother." (Tribesman of Gor p.277)


The weapons of a tribesman is the scimitar and the lance and they fight from the back of a kaila.

Bows are not often used and men in the Tahari are not very skilled with it.