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Carlos Castaneda

AKA Carlos Cesar Aranha Castaneda

Born: 25-Dec-1925 [1]
Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
Died: 27-Apr-1998
Location of death: Westwood, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Liver
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Religion: Cult
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: Peru
Executive summary: The Teachings of Don Juan

Met a Yaqui shaman named Don Juan Matus who took him on a spirit quest (1961-65) through the use of peyote and datura.


[1] Claimed a birthdate of 1935 in São Paulo, Brazil. Time magazine uncovered his immigration records, which state a birthdate of Christmas, 1925 in Cajamarca, Peru. The family moved to Lima in 1948, and Castaneda entered the United States in 1951. See "Don Juan and the Sorcerer's Apprentice", Time, 5 March 1973.

Father: César Arana Burungaray (goldsmith)
Mother: Susan Castaneda Navoa
Wife: (American, m. 1960, separated soon after, div. 1973)
Wife: Florinda Donner (met 1970s, m. 1993)

    University: Los Angeles City College (attended 1955-59)

    Naturalized US Citizen 1957
    Vasectomy
    Risk Factors: Peyote, Psilocybin

Author of books:
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968, mysticism)
A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan (1971, mysticism)
Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan (1972, mysticism)
Tales of Power (1974, mysticism)
The Second Ring of Power (1978, mysticism)
The Eagle's Gift (1981, mysticism)
The Fire From Within (1984, mysticism)
The Power of Silence: Further Lessons from Don Juan (1987, mysticism)
The Art of Dreaming (1993, mysticism)
Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico (1998, mysticism)
The Active Side of Infinity (1999, mysticism)

Is the subject of documentaries:
Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer, 2004



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