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Carlos Castaneda
Carlos Castaneda in 1962
Carlos Castaneda in 1962
Born December 25, 1925
Cajamarca, Peru
Died April 27, 1998(1998-04-27) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Author, anthropologist
Nationality American
Education UCLA (B.A.)
UCLA (Ph.D.)
Period 20th century
Subject Anthropology, ethnography, shamanism

Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was an American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that purport to describe training in shamanism that he received under the tutelage of a supposed Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus. Doubts about the veracity of Castaneda's work existed from their original publication. There is now consensus that Castenda's books are works of fiction, and that it is unlikely that don Juan Matus existed.

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