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Carlos Arana Castaneda came to the United States from Peru in the early 1950s, becoming an American citizen in 1957. He was a student of anthropology and the author of twelve books, two published posthumously. His writings described his training in shamanism, supposedly under the tutelage of a Yaqui shaman known as Don Juan Matus. He also founded Cleargreen, an organization that promotes tensegrity, which is described as a traditional Toltec regimen of spiritually powerful exercises. Among his claims was that he had attained the position of nagual, a shaman with the ability to change into an animal form. In 1973, he withdrew from public view until the 1990s, when he reappeared to promote Tensegrity. He died of cancer in 1998.

 

 

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