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A SKEPITCAL LOOK  AT  FAMOUS OCCULTISTS     
   by The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom

CARLOS CASTENADA (1925-1998)


  1960's Psychedelic author and New Age icon. In 1968, Castenada claimed he traveled to Mexico was taught secrets of magic and enlightenment through drugs by a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named Don Juan. Castenada wrote about the alleged experiences of what he called "the separate reality" in his best selling book,  The Teachings of Don Juan.

     Castaneda claimed he took peyote, talked to coyotes, turned into a crow, and learned how to fly, all through Don Juan's instructions and lots of dope. Castenada's book was an instant hit with the Hippies of the 1960's who now had an excuse to justify the use dangerous pychotropic drugs, and also a hit with occultists who had read about Crowley's recommendations for drugs as part of "Magick". The Wiccan group "Church of All Worlds" made Castenada's books required reading according to former members.

     That Castenada's books encourage drug use is unquestionable, and have no doubt lead many people down a path of drug addiction and ruin, just as Crowley's Thelema has. Castenada went on to write 11 more books including Journey To Ixtalan, which he submitted as his doctoral thesis at UCLA and was awarded a Doctorate in Anthropology degree.

     Not everyone bought Casteneda's story hook, line and sinker, however. Several Native American scholars have commented that the story of Don Juan and Castenada resembles European stories of the sorcerer and his apprentice rather than traditional Native American Shamanism.  In 1972 Anthropologist Joyce Carol Oates wrote a critical letter to the New York Times because their book reviewer accepted Castaneda's books as fact. Then in 1973, Time magazine published an expose of Castenada, revealing he had lied about his past, as most occultists seem to do.

     When various skeptics and seekers alike inquired if they could meet Don Juan,the answer Castenada gave them was always “no”. Richard de Mille, son of famous director Cecil, practically made a career demonstrating Castaneda's was afraud. No one has ever been able to verify the existence Don Juan, and it seems he never really existed, just like Christian Rosenkrutz, Coot Hoomi, or Anna Sprengel.

    Castenada "killed off" Don Juan in the second book in order to deflect criticism, claiming the Shaman had died sometime after his previous encounter with him. Unfortunately this fictional character wasn’t the only person who died because of Carlos. Castenada created his own cult in the later years of his life called "Cleargreen", that consisted of female followers who were also his lovers. These he called his "witches". Charles Manson called the female lover/cult members of his desert based drug cult “witches” too, by the way.

     In After Casteanda's death in 1998, the female cult members disappeared. "Witches" Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar, Kylie Lundahl, and Amalia Marquez vanished the day after Castaneda's death. A few weeks later, Patricia Partin, Castaneda's adopted daughter as well as his lover (sick!), disappeared.  The skeleton of one Cleargreen witch, Partin, turned up in the California dessert in 2006, identified through DNA testing.

     Authorities think the cult killed themselves as part of a suicide pact when Castenada died from natural causes. Some former Castaneda associates suspect the missing women committed suicide because of remarks they made shortly before vanishing, and Castaneda's frequent discussion of suicide in cult meetings. Achieving transcendence through "a death nobly chosen"  had long been central to his ludicrous teachings, along with drug use and "magic".

 Carlos Castenada: fraud, drug pusher, liar, suicide cult leader...and PhD recipient from UCLA.
 

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