The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Character Descriptions

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Carlos Castaneda - This person is the protagonist of this autobiographical story. In the early 1960s, as part of his graduate fieldwork in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, this person makes several trips to the Southwest U.S. He collects information on medicinal plants used by the Indians.

Don Juan Matus - A poor, white-haired, wrinkled, uneducated, and old leader of "perceptual enhancement" who hails originally from Sonora, Mexico, this person becomes the author's mentor in the ancient mystical ways of the Yaqui Indians.

Mescalito - This individual is the result of anthropomorphism of the hallucinations caused by ingesting peyote buttons. Those who seek this character without preparation find him horrifying but once this character accepts someone completely, he appears to him as a man or as light.

La Catalina - A "fiendish witch" with whom Don Juan Matus has long battled, this character...

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