The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
Place Published: Berkeley and Los Angeles
Publisher: University of California Press
Date Published: 1968
Edition: First edition, second printing
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 48946
196 pp. Octavo [23 cm] in charcoal-grey cloth with gilt spine title. Light rubbing and edgewear to jacket; boards are crisp and unworn; ink stamp and ink name on front free endpaper, else interior is clean, tight, and bright.
Carlos Castaneda submitted this ethnological work as his master's thesis while he was a graduate student of anthropology at UCLA. The project was controversial among the faculty at the time, and the authenticity of the work has been debated ever since. Castaneda would go on to write a number of other books comprising an extensive "Don Juan series" that have been translated widely and have sold millions of copies worldwide. This first book (and the books that follow) recount Castaneda's various encounters and spiritual education over many years with don Juan Matus, a Mexican Yaqui Indian shaman or sorcerer, and a group of people Castaneda called "the Toltecs".