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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Does the test of Castaneda's "backbone" on Matus' porch sound authentic, as Matus claims, or like an excuse, as Castaneda suspects?

How does Mescalito differ from allies and how does he resemble them?

What allowances do Matus, the allies, and Mescalito make for Castaneda not being an Indian?

What are the strong and weak points in Matus' pedagogy?

How would you rate Castaneda as an apprentice? What are his strengths and weaknesses?

If you were Castaneda, which ally - devil's weed or smoke - would you prefer, and why? Discuss in terms of the powers they allegedly give.

If you were Castaneda, would you have discontinued the apprenticeship? What are the pros and cons of continuing?

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