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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 1985
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"Extraordinary in every sense of the word." (The New York Times)
"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable (Los Angeles Times)
"Hypnotic reading." (Chigago tribune)
"It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way." (Chicago Tribune)
"Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams." (Detroit Free Press)
"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced." (The New York Times Book Review)
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Castaneda first met Don Juan in the early 60's, before the hippy movement, before psychodelic drugs became popular. He was studying anthropology in Los Angeles, and Don Juan served as a field source for some fading knowledge of tribal and shamanistic rituals in Northern Mexico. Castaneda was specifically interested in peyote, a plant that gives its users hallicinations and mixes the senses in strange ways, and which LSD was meant to be a chemical reproduction of. Castaneda's first book presents a very detailed scholastic interpretation of his experiences. All books after the first simply focus on Castaneda's experiences with Don Juan.
Castaneda's drug experiences are different from other accounts I have read, because they are intimately tied with the Yaqui philosophy and mythology. The drugs only serve as a means to an end, not as the end in themselves. The first 2 books in the series describe Castaneda's drugs experiences with Don Juan, but from the 3rd book on, the drugs disappear forever and Carlos' experiences are actually more fantastic, more amazing, more unbelieveable as he slowly becomes a practicing sorceror, traveling to alternate dimensions and battling other sorcerors.Read more ›
Castaneda's books involve an age-old technique of storytelling, the teaching of a body of knowledge from a master to a pupil. In this case, the master, a Yaqui Indian known as Don Juan, teaches the ancient Toltec art of sorcery to a young, first-person narrator, Carlos Castaneda. This narrator is dubious and incredulous as Don Juan shows him things about the nature of reality and our perceptions of it, but increasingly he has to conclude that the world of Don Juan is an accurate description of the may facets of reality, and our modern world is merely one narrow view.
There is controversy over whether Castaneda's books are "real" --Castaneda was granted a PhD for his "field" work; but other scholars have found a lot of Castaneda's research to have no anthropological authenticity. Supporters of Castaneda dispute this.
That there is even an argument over whether the books are "real" or not indicates how good the stories are -- like the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, people really, desperately want to visit Castaneda's world. His books are riveting, fascinating, beautiful, and also very scary.
Although later books in the series (Tales of Power, for instance) are better than this introductory work; I think it is important to read the books in their order of writing, in order to get the "lessons" that Castaneda learns in the correct order.
I am a great fan of the books, even if they are 100% fiction. But one is really just never sure if they are. . .
However, this would be fine if the books weren't made out to be non-fiction.Read more ›
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Wore out my original copy by loaning it to interested people. Bought this one to add to my book collection and won't loan it out.Published 1 day ago by J. Pierce
I read this book when I was in 12th grade. It immediately altered my consciousness and I knew that a journey had begun to unfold before my very eyes(and mind). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kyle Vincent
Profound stuff in this first book. This book created a movie in my head like none ive ever read. Took me on a journey that im so grateful for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan Purcell
I think it is a book that is fun to read. Lets start there.
Anyone who is interested in the shamanic arts of the south american tradition and are new to it - should... Read more