Ah, yes, I've read many of Casteneda's books. You do know that most of it is considered fabrication? And that he had developed a small cult of female "apprentices" whom he controlled with sex, psychological abuse, rituals, and his rather dubious teachings? One of his disciples, Amy Wallace (daughter of Irving Wallace) wrote about the 20 years she spent with him and it wasn't pretty. Before he died of liver disease (he also had cancer at the time of his death), he wanted to go out to sea in a boat and drift away into oblivion with a few of his cult followers, apparently to preserve the myths he'd created about himself by not leaving his body behind. Yep, it's become clear in recent years that Casteneda was just another, albeit hugely popular, self-proclaimed shaman who abused the meaning of the word.
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