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    DescriptionSome twenty years ago, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda electrified millions of readers by describing his initiation--under the Yaqui Indian "brujo"Don Juan--into an alternate reality. Now Taisha Abelar, who was taught by the female members of Don Juan's group, recounts her own "crossing" in this arresting book. While traveling in Mexico, Abelar became involved with a group of sorcerers and began a rigorous physical and mental training process designed to enable her to breach the limits of ordinary perception. The Sorcerers Crossing details that process, giving us a highly practical sense of the responsibilities and perils that face a woman sorcerer. Abelar's enthralling story is invaluable as a virtual "sorcerers manual," as anthropology, and as a provocative work of women's spirituality.

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    The Sorcerer's Crossing
    A Woman's Journey
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Taisha Abelar, Foreword by Carlos Castaneda
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140193664
    ISBN 10: 0140193669

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: VXWT
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 590
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: VXWM
    DC22: 133.43
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24720
    Ingram Subject Code: OP
    Libri: I-OP
    Abridged Dewey: 133
    LC classification: BF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 25
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A33740000
    BISAC V2.8: OCC028000, OCC018000, SOC028000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SEL032000
    DC20: 133.43092
    Thema V1.0: VXWT, VXWM, DNB
    Edition statement
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    Publication date
    01 November 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review text
    An intriguing if incredible-sounding account of anthropologist Abelar's training by the same mysterious family of sorcerers that allegedly spawned Carlos Castaneda. In the late 60's, while she was sketching the mountains around Tucson, Abelar met Clara Grau, a charismatic Mexican woman. Somehow, Grau persuaded young Abelar to abandon her solitary and rudderless life and to visit her house in Sonora, Mexico. What followed was an extraordinary induction into a family of 16 sorcerers. In a serf-consciously academic preface, Abelar describes her training as a sorceress as "breaking the perceptual dispositions and biases that imprison us within the boundaries of the normal everyday world and prevent us from entering other perceivable worlds." In the telling, however, the movements and exercises that led up to the perceptual leap called "the sorcerers' crossing" is pure, well, Castaneda, full of walloping energies and wise teachers dispensing dramatic insights. Castaneda himself explains in a supplemental preface that Abelar was trained as a "stalker" - as opposed to a "dreamer": no drugs, but an exercise called the "recapitulation," in which Abelar had to liberate herself from every imprisoning memory and attachment. Why was Abelar chosen? While searching for a men's room at a California drive-in, the patriarch of the sorcerer family stumbled onto Abelar as she was seducing a pimply young kid. Then and there, he vowed to save her for a better fate. An absorbing riddle of a book. Much is made of the Abelars and the Graus, the stalkers and the dreamers, the two sides of the sorcerer family that live on right and left sides of their magical Mexican house like right and left hemispheres of the brain. This and much else here seems suspiciously symmetrical and pat. But who knows? (Kirkus Reviews)