Hane, Roger (Wraparound cover illustration by) Very good. No dust jacket as issued. Light cover wear, tight, square, unmarked inside. 256 p. Illustrated cover, wraparound desert scene, black bird in foreground, 2 men at back. (no illustrator credited). Themes of Ethnography, Allegory, Philosophy, Native American Medicine, Hallucinogenic Experiences. Don Juan was a Yaqui Indian from Sonora, Mexico, a 'medicine man (brujo)' in his 70s. Castaneda was a graduate student in anthropology at UCLA, gathering information on peyote and medicinal herbs used in that region by the Yaqui. Over 5 years together, Castaneda was introduced as a pupil to peyote, jimson weed, and other hallucinogenic plants in opening perception doors toward becoming 'a man of knowledge'. This was a ground-breaking literary work in late 1960s America.
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