These tapes (now on one CD) have meant the world to me. Regardless what you think about Castaneda, these “exercises” are both energizing and relaxing. “TENSEGRITY” AND MAGICAL PASSES. Carlos Castaneda interviewed for The New Times by Clair Baron More than thirty years ago, as an anthropologist. Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity Dreaming Castaneda Images of a 20th-century sorcerer. From Los Angeles Weekly, by Celeste Fremon For me the world is weird.
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Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan inCastaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanismparticularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs. The books, narrated in the first personrelate his experiences under the tutelage of a man that Castaneda claimed was a Yaqui “Man of Knowledge” named don Juan Matus. His 12 books have sold more than 28 million copies in 17 languages. Critics have suggested that they are works of fiction; supporters claim the books are either true or at least valuable works of philosophy.
Castaneda withdrew from public view inliving in a large house in Westwood, California from until his death inwith three colleagues whom he called “Fellow Travellers of Awareness. Castaneda moved to the United States in the early s and became a naturalized citizen on June 21, Castaneda as his father even though his biological father was a different man. Castaneda’s first three books — The Teachings of Don Juan: He wrote these books as his research log describing his apprenticeship with a traditional “Man of Knowledge” identified as don Juan Matusallegedly a Yaqui Indian from northern Mexico.
Castaneda was awarded his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees based on the work described in these books. In his fourth book, Tales of Powerwas published and chronicled the end of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Matus. Castaneda continued to be popular with the reading public with subsequent publications that unfolded further aspects of his training with don Juan.
Castaneda wrote that don Juan recognized him as the new nagualor leader of a party of seers of his lineage. Matus also used the term nagual to signify that part of perception which is in the realm of the unknown yet still reachable by man, implying that, for his own party of seers, Matus was a connection to that unknown.
Castaneda often referred to this unknown realm as “nonordinary reality. The term nagual has been used by anthropologists to mean a shaman or sorcerer who claims to be able to change into an animal form, or to metaphorically “shift” into another form through magic rituals, shamanism and experiences with psychoactive drugs e.
While Castaneda was a well-known cultural figure, he rarely appeared in public forums. He was the subject of a cover article in the March 5, issue of Time which described him as “an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a tortilla”. There was controversy when it was revealed that Castaneda may have used a surrogate for his cover portrait. When confronted by correspondent Sandra Burton about discrepancies in his personal history, Castaneda responded: Scholars have debated “whether Castaneda actually served as an apprentice to the alleged Yaqui sorcerer don Juan Matus or if he invented the whole odyssey.
In the s, Castaneda once again began appearing in public to promote Tensegrity, which was described in promotional materials as “the modernized version of some movements called magical passes developed by Indian shamans who lived in Mexico in times prior to the Spanish conquest. The organization’s stated purpose is “carrying out the instruction and publication of Tensegrity”. Tensegrity seminars, books, and other merchandise were sold through Cleargreen. Castaneda died on April 27,  in Los Angeles due to complications from hepatocellular cancer.
There was no public service; Castaneda was cremated and the ashes were sent to Mexico. His death was unknown to the outside world until nearly two months later, on 19 Junewhen an obituary entitled “A Hushed Death for Mystic Author Carlos Castaneda” by staff writer J. Moehringer appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Four months after Castaneda’s death, C.
Castaneda, also known as Adrian Vashon, whose birth certificate shows Carlos Castaneda as his father, challenged Castaneda’s will in probate court. The challenge was ultimately unsuccessful .
After Castaneda stepped away from public view inhe bought a large multi-dwelling property in Los Angeles which he shared with some of his followers. Each went on to write books that explored the experience of being followers of Castaneda’s teachings from a feminist perspective.
Around the time Castaneda died in Aprilhis companions Donner-Grau, Abelar and Patricia Partin informed friends they were leaving on a long journey. Luis Marquez, the brother of Talia Bey, went to police in over his sister’s disappearance, but was unable to convince them that it merited investigation.
The investigating authorities ruled Partin’s death cawtaneda undetermined. Since his death, Carol Tiggs, a colleague of Castaneda, has spoken at workshops throughout the world, including at Ontario, Ttensegrity inSochi, Russia in and Merida, Yucatan in Tiggs had the longest association with Castaneda and is written about in some of his books.
Today, she serves as a consultant for Cleargreen. Although Castaneda’s accounts of the Teaching of Don Juan were initially well-received as non-fiction works of ethnography, the books are now widely regarded as works of fiction. At first, and with the backing of academic qualifications and the UCLA anthropological department, Castaneda’s work was mostly praised by reviewers.
Edmund Leach praised the book. Spicer offered a somewhat mixed review of The Teachings of Don Juanhighlighting Castaneda’s expressive prose and his vivid depiction of his relationship with Don Juan. However, Spicer noted that the events described in the book were not consistent with other ethnographic accounts of Yaqui cultural practices, concluding it was unlikely that Don Juan had ever participated in Yaqui group life.
In a series of articles, R. Gordon Wassonthe ethnobotanist who made psychoactive mushrooms famous, similarly praised Castaneda’s work, while expressing doubts regarding the accuracy of some of the claims.
La Barre questioned the book’s accuracy, calling it a “pseudo-profound deeply vulgar pseudo-ethnography. Later reviews were more critical, with several critics positing that the books were fabrications.
Beginning inRichard de Mille published a series of criticisms that uncovered inconsistencies in Castaneda’s field notes, as well as several instances of apparent plagiarism.
Yaqui Beliefs and Ceremonies in Pascua Villagegives examples of Yaqui vocabulary associated with spirituality: It is hard to believe that Castaneda’s benefactor, a self-professed Yaqui, would fail to employ these native expressions throughout the apprenticeship.
In omitting such intrinsically relevant terms from his ethnography, Castaneda critically undermines his portrait of Don Juan as a bona fide Yaqui sorcerer. John Dedrick, a Protestant missionary who lived among the Yaqui Indians of Vicam, Sonora, from tostated in his letter of May 23, that:.
I’ve only read “The Teachings of Don Juan”, and before I got to the third part of the book I knew that he [Castaneda] did know of the Yaquis and that he had not been to the Rio Yaqui river, or that there is no terminology in the Yaqui language for any of the instructions and explanations that “Don Juan” was giving it to him [Castaneda] . Clement Meighan and Stephen C. Thomas,  point out that the books largely, and for the most part, do not describe Yaqui culture at all with its emphasis on Catholic upbringing and conflict with the Federal State of Mexico, but rather focus on the international movements and life of Don Juan who was described in the books as traveling and having many connections, and abodes, in the Southwestern United States ArizonaNorthern Mexico, and Oaxaca.
Don Juan was described in the books as a shaman steeped in a mostly lost Toltec philosophy and decidedly anti-Catholic. A March 5, Time article by Sandra Burton, looking at both sides of the controversy, stated:. That proof hinges on the credibility of Don Juan as a being and Carlos Castaneda as a witness. Yet there is no corroboration beyond Castaneda’s writings that Don Juan did what he is said to have done, and very little that he exists at all. A strong case can be made that the Don Juan books are of a different order of truthfulness from Castaneda’s pre-Don Juan past.
Where, for example, was the motive for an elaborate scholarly put-on?
Disappeared: The Women of Tensegrity, missing 15 years.
The Teachings were submitted to a university press, an unlikely prospect for best-sellerdom. Besides, getting an anthropology degree from U. A little fudging perhaps, but not a whole system in the manner of The Teachings, written by an unknown student with, at the outset, no hope of commercial success.
David Silverman sees value in the work even while considering it fictional.
In Reading Castaneda he describes the apparent deception as a critique of anthropology field work in general — a field that relies heavily on personal experience, and necessarily views tensefrity cultures through a lens. According to Silverman, not only the descriptions of peyote trips but also the fictional nature of the work are meant to place doubt on other works of anthropology.
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