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The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda
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May 22, 2011

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I loved this book but once I researched the author a little more, I found his cult like theories to be weird and creepy. I have 3 of his books and wouldn't mind parting with them. These books are primarily about student anthropologists who studies Native American usage of peyote, Dimethyltryptamine(DMT), saliva, and mushrooms. He meets a shaman who teaches him the method in which to use peyote and discovers the powers of shamanism. The first half of this book goes into the efforts of trust and steps he has to take to prove his worthiness and trust; before he is shown and given peyote. His first peyote trip experience is pretty elaborate. These books really are great, and are suppose to be somewhat true accounts of the authors younger years. But in real life he portrayed himself a very powerful shaman. Pretty scary and wasn't cool anymore after the books were written, how disillusioned he was until the time of his death. If you google him you will find cult following, site after sites. Just weird and kinda witchcrafty. Make sure if you read these books, you don't let it get to your head and know the difference between reality and fantasy.
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message 1: by Mah (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mah Ham I think if you google Christ in the fist century it will call you a cultist too!

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