The Teachings of Don Juan
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The Teachings of Don Juan : A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

By (author) Carlos Castaneda

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This is Castaneda's first book in the "Don Juan" series. He meets Don Juan and is introduced to his magical world and philosophy by means of hallucinogenic plants and special exercises. The author's other books include "The Fire Within" and "The Quest for Ixtlan".

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • 23 Feb 2001
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0140192387
  • 9780140192384
  • 53,656

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Carlos Castaneda was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, gathering information on various medicinal herbs used by the Indians in Sonora, Mexico, when he met the old Yaqui Indian, Don Juan. His first book, The Teachings of don Juan, was the story of the first period the two men spent together as master and pupil. This was followed by the other volumes in the series, A Separate Reality, Journey to Ixtlan, Tales of Power, The Second Ring of Power and The Eagle's Gift, all of which are published by Penguin. He also wrote the Art of Dreaming (1993). Carlos Castaneda died in 1998. In its obituary for him the Guardian wrote 'It is hard to find a New Age celebrity who won't admit to having been influenced by Castaneda's powerful prose and paradigm-busting philosophy ... Few critics would deny author Joyce Carol Oates's assessment of his books as "remarkable works of art"' if (SYM == "BIO") { document.writeln("); } else { document.writeln("); }

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"It's impossible to view the world in quite the same way after reading him. . . . If Castaneda is correct, there is another world, a sometimes beautiful and sometimes frightening world, right before our eyes at this moment--if only we could see."--"Chicago Tribune

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Ethnography, allegory, anthropology, psychology and a touch of Kafka's Metamorphoses are all components of this unusual case history of one man's hallucinogenic experience. The author, an anthropology student at the University of California, was apprenticed for four years to Don Juan, a Yaqui Indian "brujo" or sorcerer. The training involved the use of peyote, Jimson weed and an unidentified type of mushroom but, more important, the conceptualization of a higher order, an alien rationale that enabled the author to perceive the "pragmatic nature of nonordinary reality." There is the same strong strain of anthropomorphism one was confronted with in Two Leggings (1967, p. 544) and the same sense of disinterred reality. His visions may seem irrational to the twentieth century mind but Mr. Castaneda does provide a logical and coherent structural analysis and the book will provoke interest somewhere between the scientist and the drug speculator. (Kirkus Reviews)

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