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Carlos Castañeda (historian)

Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Born11 November 1896 Santa Rosalia de Camargo
Died3 April 1958 (aged 61)
EmployerUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationHistorian , librarian

Carlos Castaneda was the author of a series of books purport to describe his training in traditional Mesoamerican shamanism. Most of his work, in particular that of his early career, is discussed to have been directly inspired by the teachings of and his experiences with Don Juan Matus, Yaqui shaman with whom Castaneda had a ten-year learning from the early 1960s. During this time, Don Juan, with the help of several medicinal plants, takes the Castaneda into a metaphysical journey through an unknown spiritual kingdom known by the author as the unordinary reality. The descriptions of Castaneda from the psychedelic experiences are separated from others ' in an era where such experiences were not uncommon. This was partly due to the fact that they were carried out within the Institute of the organized system under the discipline of experienced shaman. In addition, Castaneda possesses the ability to maintain a rationalist perspective throughout these fantastic encounters and could thus capture the attention of psychedelic and intellectuals jealous intellectuals. Several women from Castaneda's inner circle fade shortly after their death and are presumed dead. While his work has been criticized both in academic grounds and due to its influence on popularizing psychedelic drugs, Castaneda books continues to be widely read.

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Analysis of writings

Information about his early years is sketchy and often contradictory. While he claims to have been born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, records show he most likely was born in Cajamarca, Peru. His birth date is also a question, as he gave his own birth date as on December 25, 1931, but most sources believe he was actually born in 1925. Only definitive facts about his life begins in 1951 after he migrated to the United States and began his studies at the University of California to qualify in anthropology, the study of social customs, religions, and people's beliefs. While Castenada won both a bachelor's and a PH. D of college, his PH. D was later overturned on grounds that his anthropological " Research " Was actually just a fictitious work he had created. Castaneda met with requirements to become a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1957. He was married to Margaret Runyon, but the marriage ended in divorce. Castaneda died in Westwood, California in 1998, at about 68 to 73 years old. He was allegedly cremated and his ashes were dispersed in an undetermined location. Throughout his life, he maintained recluse and was hesitant to be photographed or interviewed. This increased his mystique with his fans.


Carlos Castaneda

For one of his leading critics, investigative journalist Richard De Mille, the books of Castanedas were not the product of a genuine anthropological investigation between Yaquis. From Mille argues they are works of pure fiction that make philosophical points through the stories. The philosophy of Castanedas constitutes for the De Mille mix of many philosophical and religious traditions, between mysticism, European philosophy and American Indian folklore. To demonstrate this, De Mille highlights many passages in the writing of Castanedas which are similar to the passages in various articles and academic books of the journal either at the hour or before. However, according to the anthropologist Jay Fikes, another principal expert in the work of Castanedas and Shamanic traditions, Castaneda spent some time with a Mexican shaman, although he apparently did not learn anything significant from him. For example, charles's training in the first book requires the consumption of three hallucinogenic plants for purposes of achieving a higher state of consciousness and awareness: jimsonweed, peyote and sacred mushrooms. However, the Yaquis have never used peyote and the way that Castaneda describes the use of sacred mushrooms in the first book as the smoke is supposed to negate the effects of this drug. This inconsistency in relation to the consumption of hallucinogenic plants is believed to have caused Castanedas sudden decision to remove the use of Carlos. The training drugs in the second book of Don Juans series, the separate reality Castaneda 2013.

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Charles Castaneda's work was embraced by hippies and other alternative groups in the 1960s and 1970s. His works are frequently cited for their inspiring and motivational qualities. For example, he encourages readers to take action instead of worrying about what might happen as a result. ' in the world where death is hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions. ". He wants readers to be aware that they should take time to enjoy wonderful things that surround them every day. '. You must learn how to make each act count as you are going to be here for only a short time, in fact, too short to witness all wonders of it. ". In other words, it's saying ' stop and smell roses.

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Carlos E. Castaneda

Latin American writer Carlos Castaneda gained international fame for a series of 11 books, starting with the Teachings of Don Juan: Yaqui Way of Knowledge, which chronicle what he said were the lessons in spirituality and the perception imparted to him for the shaman of the Native American tribe Yaqui in the northern Mexican desert. With the use of peyote and other hallucinogenic drugs playing an important role in their Teachings, the writings of Castaneda arrive in tandem with the full bloom of the 1960s counterculture. His influence has more durable than those wielded by other writers of the 1960s, however. All his books have remained in print for decades and continue to sell well in the 21st century. Castaneda was an elusive figure who refused to be photography, gave few small accounts of his own life, and indeed argued that linear biographical details were unimportant to or even distort his message. The veracity of central accounts in his books has been widely challenged in recent years, but the very elusiveness of Castaneda has made it difficult to totally discredit or confirm his writings.

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Biography

Charles Castaneda was a Peruvian-American author who wrote numerous books on understanding oneself. Some of which include Don Juan's Teachings: Yaqui Way of Knowledge, journey to Ixtlan: Don Juan's Lessons, and Art from Dreaming. It often speaks of peyote's use, hallucinationi-inducing cactus and being led to his awareness by a shaman named Don Juan Matus from the Yaqui tribe of Mexico, who are Roman Catholics with the historical tribal influence. Castaneda was embraced by many who followed alternative lifestyles in the 1960s and ' 70s, but he also continued to publish his works in the late 1990s. His is said to be one of the founders of the New Age-spirituality movement, which focuses on achieving one's goals through self-realization and personal transformation. Although he earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology, critics and academics find his work to be largely fictional in nature and his ph.

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Marriages

In 1960, Castanada married a woman of the us, Margaret Runyan, who was 14 years his senior. Their marriage lasted only a few months, though it wasn ' t until 1973 that they split officially. According to Castaneda, he had a vasectomy operation previously and the couple's adopted son, called CJ, was father by his friend. In 1993, he married Florinda Donner, a woman who had gathered in the ' 70s and who had the author Being in the dream: Initiation in the World of Sorcerer in 1991. Likewise, in 1993, he began holding tensegrity workshops that educate participants in special shamanic exercises for the purposes of improving physical health, vigor and perception freedom. In 1997, Castaneda sued Margaret Runyan Castaneda, about her book, magic Journey with Carlos Castaneda, but this was ruled out when Castaneda died of liver cancer on 27 April 1998, at his home in Westwood. His cremated remains were brought to Mexico. Castaneda's last book was published posthumously. It was titled Active Side of Infinity, appropriately about entering life in the Next World.

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