Carlos Castaneda

1925 - 1998

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Carlos Castañeda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was an American anthropologist and writer. Starting in 1968, Castaneda published a series of books that describe a training in shamanism that he received under the tutelage of a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlos Castaneda has received more than 2,452,823 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Carlos Castaneda is the 303rd most popular writer (up from 320th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Peru and the 3rd most popular Peruvian Writer.

Carlos Castaneda is most famous for his book series, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.

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Notable Works

Art of dreaming
The Teachings of Don Juan
Journey to Ixtlan
The second ring of power
Separate Reality
Body, Mind & Spirit
The fire from within


Among writers, Carlos Castaneda ranks 303 out of 7,302Before him are Jon Fosse, Heinrich von Kleist, Claude Simon, Lucan, Elfriede Jelinek, and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. After him are Pierre Beaumarchais, Chrétien de Troyes, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Appian, Antonin Artaud, and Françoise Sagan.

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Among people born in 1925, Carlos Castaneda ranks 17Before him are Zygmunt Bauman, Mahathir Mohamad, Albert Bandura, Audie Murphy, Mikis Theodorakis, and Lee Van Cleef. After him are Robert F. Kennedy, Jorge Rafael Videla, Tony Curtis, B.B. King, Jack Lemmon, and Rock Hudson. Among people deceased in 1998, Carlos Castaneda ranks 7Before him are Pol Pot, Akira Kurosawa, Frank Sinatra, Jean Marais, Halldór Laxness, and Todor Zhivkov. After him are Ernst Jünger, Octavio Paz, Jean-François Lyotard, Niklas Luhmann, Yang Shangkun, and Vladimir Prelog.

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In Peru

Among people born in Peru, Carlos Castaneda ranks 6 out of 287Before him are Atahualpa (1502), Lina Medina (1933), Mario Vargas Llosa (1936), Isabel Allende (1942), and Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (1920). After him are Alberto Fujimori (1938), Túpac Amaru (1545), Manco Cápac (1250), Rose of Lima (1586), Pachacuti (1380), and Túpac Amaru II (1738).

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Among WRITERS In Peru

Among writers born in Peru, Carlos Castaneda ranks 3Before him are Mario Vargas Llosa (1936), and Isabel Allende (1942). After him are Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539), César Vallejo (1892), Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (1535), José Carlos Mariátegui (1894), José María Arguedas (1911), Ricardo Palma (1833), Ciro Alegría (1909), Julio Ramón Ribeyro (1929), and Alfredo Bryce (1939).