- DON JUAN MATUS: REAL OR IMAGINED?
Castaneda's teacher Don Juan Matus is described as being a powerful Yaqui Indian shaman-sorcerer who learned his art under the direct auspices of a Diablero. Not everyone agrees Don Juan even existed. This site investigates the controversy.
- THE INFORMANT AND CARLOS CASTANEDA
Before Castaneda met Don Juan he met a mysterious bio-searcher in the desert that showed him the use of Datura and other hallucinogens.
- CARLOS CASTANEDA: THE ROAD TRIP
In the late spring, early summer of 1960 a colleague of Carlos Castaneda suggested that he and Castaneda go on a road trip together --- the cumulation of which ended in the very first meeting between Castaneda and Don Juan Matus.
- WILLIAM LAWRENCE CAMPBELL
The colleague that first directed Castaneda to Don Juan is either left anonymous or given only the first name "Bill" in all of Castaneda's writings. Here he is identified and his background explored.
- THE POTHUNTER
More insights into the background of Castaneda's anonymous colleague "Bill," only this time by a person who met him.
- CARLOS CASTANEDA: DON JUAN MATUS AND THE NOGALES BUS STATION MEETING
Castaneda is actually seen at the Nogales Greyhound bus station with his colleague Bill at the sametime he claims to have met Don Juan there.
- CARLOS CASTANEDA: THE SHAMAN AND THE POWER OF THE OMEN
Not one bit of what Castaneda has presented to the world would have unfolded the way it did without Castaneda's positive acceptance and eventual follow through from the suggestion of his colleague to go on the Road Trip. This site states that acceptance was based on what Don Juan has cited as being not only an omen, but a PERFECT OMEN.
- JULIAN OSORIO: DON JUAN'S TEACHER
Don Juan taught Castaneda. So who was Don Juan's teacher? At age 20 Don Juan is said to have come in contact with a master sorcerer named Julian Osorio who introduced him into a lineage of sorcerers that was 25 generations long. Here you can learn of their meeting.
- CARLOS CASTANEDA: BEFORE DON JUANWhat was Carlos Castaneda like before he ever met Don Juan. What did he do, who did he know? Find out from someone who met him in those early days.
- ELIAS ULLOA
Don Juan taught Castandea. Osorio was Don Juan's teacher. If the lineage was 25 generations long, who taught Osorio? Osorio's teacher was Elias Ulloa, who transmitted to BOTH he and Don Juan the full knowledge of Ulloa's lineage of sorcerers. True or false?
From Spanish: diablo, devil --- a sorcerer connoting a sense of evilness; usually with the ability to shapeshift. In seeming contrast to the above link, Don Juan Matus was said by Castaneda to have learned his craft from a Diablero.
- THE DEATH DEFIER
The Death Defier was a human from long ago that on becoming a shaman-sorcerer used his powers to try and escape death. Trapped between this world and the world of inorganic beings he made an alliance with Don Juan's lineage of Shaman-sorcerers to stay alive in exchange for knowledge.
- CLOUD SHAMANS
In an experience in the desert between himself and the mysterious bio-searcher called the informant, the informant, cloaked by shimmering desert heat waves, simply seemed to evaporate into the rocks and sagebrush without a trace, leaving Castaneda without a source.
- CASTANEDA, DON JUAN: DATURA OR PEYOTE?
When it comes to the use of drugs and hallucinogens most people associate Carlos Castaneda with Peyote. However, it wasn't Peyote but actually the plant Sacred Datura, known throughout in the desert southwest as jimsonweed, that played the primary role in his early experiences into other realities.
- CASTANEDA, DON JUAN MATUS: INTRODUCTION SCENES
Even though the initial introduction between Carlos Castaneda and Don Juan Matus in the bus station in Nogalas changes in minor respects between the various Don Juan books there is a major common theme that runs throughout ALL of them that does NOT change.
- LA CATALINA
Carlos Castaneda's and Don Juan's most formidable foe and arch nemesis. Known to both as a horrendous witch sorceress. Able to change forms, vanish at will, and cast spells.
- THE ALLY IN SHAMANISM
Is the ally in shamanism real? An actual spiritual entity, an ethereal or inorganic-being of some sort called up from the spirit world or beyond the conventional plane by the Shaman or sorcerer to assist them in accomplishing their tasks or deeds however pure or unsavory? Or is Castaneda's concept of an ally really no more than a conceptual construct?
- THE SEVEN COMPONENT THEMES OF SHAMANISM AS PRESCRIBED BY CARLOS CASTANEDA
The goal of Castaneda's teachings is to show how to become a man of knowledge. He writes there are seven proper components to become a man of knowledge: (1) it is a matter of learning; (2) have unbending intent ; (3) have clarity of mind; (4) it is a strenuous labor; (5) be a warrior; (6) it is an unceasing process; and (7) have an ally.
- CARLOS CASTANEDA: TIMELINE
CASTANEDA: Birth, death, publication dates. Even a link to his obituary with a link to his death certificate.
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