The Teachings of Don Juan

The Teachings of Don Juan : A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

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Thirty years ago the University of California Press published a remarkable manuscript by an anthropology student named Carlos Castaneda. "The Teachings of Don Juan" initiated a generation of seekers dissatisfied with the limitations of the Western worldview. Castaneda's now classic book remains controversial for the alternative way of seeing that it presents and the revolution in cognition it demands. In a series of fascinating dialogues, Castaneda sets forth his partial initiation with don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian shaman from the state of Sonora, Mexico. He describes Don Juan's perception and mastery of the "non-ordinary reality" and how peyote and other plants sacred to the Mexican Indians were used as gateways to the mysteries of "dread, " "clarity, " and "power."
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 17.27mm | 132g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 30th ed.
  • 0671600419
  • 9780671600419
  • 5,447

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"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable--Los Angeles Times "It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way."--Chicago Tribune "Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced."--The New York Times Book Review "Hypnotic reading."--Chigago tribune "Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams."--Detroit Free Press Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda

"Extraordinary in every sense of the word."--The New York Times
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About Carlos Castaneda

Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing, Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.
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