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By Carlos Castaneda

"A guy of data is free...he has no honor, no dignity, no kinfolk, no domestic, no state, yet basically existence to be lived."--don JuanIn 1961 a tender anthropologist subjected himself to a rare apprenticeship to convey again a desirable glimpse of a Yaqui Indian's global of "non-ordinary fact" and the tough and unsafe highway a guy needs to trip to develop into "a guy of knowledge." but at the carry of that global, hard to all that we think, he drew back.Then in 1968, Carlos Castaneda back to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic medicinal drugs, and to a global of expertise no guy from our Western civilization had ever entered prior to.

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I felt it was my duty to defend his character and I told them that in my judgment don Juan was then, as he had been in the past, a great sorcerer, perhaps even the greatest of all. I said I felt there was something about him, something truly extraordinary. I urged them to remember that he was over seventy years old and yet he was more energetic and stronger than all of us put together. I challenged the young men to prove it to themselves by trying to sneak up on don Juan. "You just can't sneak up on my grandpa," Lucio said proudly.

Lucio asked. "You could probably get one for a hundred dollars," I said. "That isn't very much there, is it? " Benigno asked. "Well, let me ask your grandpa first," I said to Lucio. "No, no," he protested. "Don't mention it to him. He'll spoil everything. He's a weirdo. " "He was a real sorcerer once," Benigno added. "I mean a real one. My folks say he was the best. But he took to peyote and became a nobody. " "And he goes over and over the same crappy stories about peyote," Lucio said. "That peyote is pure crap," Benigno said.

A young man advanced toward him and placed a flat basket with peyote buttons in front of him; then the young man sat down between Mocho and don Silvio. Another young man carried two small baskets and placed them next to the peyote buttons and then sat between Mocho and don Juan. Then two other young men flanked don Silvio and don Juan, closing a circle of seven persons. The women remained inside the house. Two young men were in charge of keeping the fire burning all night, and one teenager and I kept the water that was going to be given to the seven participants after their all-night ritual.

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