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Carlos Castaneda Biography : American Author
Famous for : Being a well known spiritual author that born in Peru and moced to the USA. Castaneda wrote "The Teachings of Don Juan" which was said to be a book inspired by the teachings of the Indian Yaqui shaman Don Juan Matus (Don Juan may or may not be a real person).
Castaneda details : Born - 25th of December, 1925 Cajamarca, Peru / Died 27th of April, 1998 United States of America


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Carlos Castaneda is best known for his series of books entitled The Teachings of Don Juan in which he described traditional Mesoamerican shamanism. Written from a first person perspective, supporters of the books see them as a description of philosophy and the writer's own experience in "nonordinary reality" while critics view them as works of fiction.

Carlos Castaneda was born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Peru to Susana Castaneda Navoa and Cesar Arana Burungaray. He spent his childhood in Peru and moved to the United States in the 1950s. Castaneda became a naturalized citizen in 1957 and married Margaret Runyan in 1960. Although they were legally married until 1973, Castaneda and Runyan only lived together for a short time in the early 1960s.

Castaneda attended the University of California in Los Angeles where he earned his B.A. in anthropology in 1962 and his Ph.D. In 1973. During his time at UCLA, Castaneda worked as an apprentice with a traditional shaman, or "Man of Knowledge", by the name of Don Juan Matus from Northern Mexico. It was this apprenticeship that became the focus for his first books entitlted The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, A Separate Reality and Journey to Ixtlan. These books helped him achieve his degrees at UCLA.

After the publication of his books, Castaneda appeared for one article for Time in 1973, after which he became very private and disappeared from public view. He continued to write, however, and published Tales of Power in 1974. His works ignited discussions amongst both supporters and critics and Castaneda amassed a large following if individuals who believed in both his philosophies and his books. He continued to promote the ideas of shamans and alternate states of perception and reality through books, pamphlets, and a strong network of individuals who dedicated their lives to promoting his work.

Carlos Castaneda continued to write up until his death in 1998. He passed away as a result of hepatocellular cancer.



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There's no way to put a limit on what one may accomplish individually if the intent is an impeccable intent. Don Juan's teachings are not spiritual. I repeat this because the question has come to the surface over and over. The idea of spirituality doesn't fit with the iron discipline of a warrior. The most important thing for a shaman like don Juan is the idea of pragmatism.
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A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it will live to regret his steps.
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