The magical mystery tour

The stage is set for the final battle between the mystical mode and the magical one.

June 24, 2014 14:09
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The magical mystery tour

The magical mystery tour. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

WHILE PURSUING academic research and his own spiritual journey in the late 1960s, the Peruvian American anthropologist and author Carlos Arana Castañeda asked the Yaqui Native American shaman don Juan Matus to teach him to use the peyote cactus.

Castañeda hoped to experience the hallucinogenic powers of that wondrous plant and what a “Westerner” might call a psychedelic sense of reality. Castañeda assumed that by using the peyote, or to phrase it more generally, by being introduced merely to the technique of don Juan’s Native American religious world, he would gain insight into the world of the shaman.


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