Carlos Castaneda

1925 - 1998

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Carlos Castañeda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was an American writer. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that purport to describe training in shamanism that he received under the tutelage of a Yaqui "Man of Knowledge" named don Juan Matus. Castaneda's first three books—The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, A Separate Reality, and Journey to Ixtlan—were written while he was an anthropology student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlos Castaneda has received more than 1,817,649 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Carlos Castaneda is the 271st most popular writer (up from 294th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Peru (down from 3rd in 2019) 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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Among writers, Carlos Castaneda ranks 271 out of 5,794Before him are Marcus Terentius Varro, Mario Puzo, Antonin Artaud, Shota Rustaveli, Amos Oz, and Fuzûlî. After him are Friedrich Hölderlin, Peter Drucker, William Wordsworth, Adam Mickiewicz, Paul Valéry, and Jordanes.

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Among people born in 1925, Carlos Castaneda ranks 15Before him are Albert Bandura, Robert F. Kennedy, Zygmunt Bauman, Alija Izetbegović, Mikis Theodorakis, and Tony Curtis. After him are Lee Van Cleef, Mahathir Mohamad, B.B. King, Audie Murphy, Jorge Rafael Videla, and Rock Hudson. Among people deceased in 1998, Carlos Castaneda ranks 6Before him are Akira Kurosawa, Pol Pot, Frank Sinatra, Halldór Laxness, and Jean Marais. After him are Ernst Jünger, Todor Zhivkov, Jean-François Lyotard, Yang Shangkun, Niklas Luhmann, and Octavio Paz.

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In Peru

Among people born in Peru, Carlos Castaneda ranks 5 out of 196Before him are Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (1920), Atahualpa (1502), Mario Vargas Llosa (1936), and Isabel Allende (1942). After him are Lina Medina (1933), Alberto Fujimori (1938), Túpac Amaru (1545), Pachacuti (1380), Rose of Lima (1586), Manco Cápac (1250), and Túpac Amaru II (1738).

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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), and Jaime Bayly (1965).