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Brujos - This is the Spanish term for a medicine man, curer, witch, and sorcerer.

Crows - These animals are Don Juan Matus' species of choice into which to change form under the influence of smoking psilocybe mexicana.

Diableros - This is a term used only by Sonora Indians to designate a practitioner of black sorcery, where you are able to change into the form of animals.

Helpers - These are spirits that cause sickness and pain to help diableros kill. They are easier to tame than allies but require a lot of education.

Jimson Weed - This is a hallucinogenic plant Datura inoxia, also known as "Devil's Weed," used by Don Juan Matus to help author Carlos Castaneda to acquire an "ally" or power.

Lizards - The secret of the second portion of Datura plants' sorcery, these animals are used in pairs to learn whatever the...

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