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The Truth about Carlos Castaneda

As already detailed in an earlier more extensive article all


evidence other than 'belief' points to the fact that Carlos
Castaneda was a hoaxer influential in the psychedelic drug culture
of the 1960s and 1970s.

Manuel Carballal, the author of 'The Secret Life of Carlos


Castaneda,' compares Carlos Castaneda to Charles Manson. "The
difference between them is that Castaneda got something more
remarkable than to induce people to kill: he got them to commit
suicide."

The author went to the archives of UCLA, the CIA, the FBI and
the Lima School of Art. The extensive research shows dozens of
photos and official documents that illustrate the life of Castaneda,
starting with his birth certificate where his real name is revealed
as César Salvador Arana Castañeda:

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Manuel Carballal writes in his book that when Carlos Arana


Castañeda, arrived in San Francisco from the town of Cajamarca,
in Peru, he did it like many other immigrants looking for a better
life. He worked as a taxi driver and bookseller, and his friends
called him "brujo" since he was fascinated with the occult.

"He left a wife and an illegitimate daughter, Charito, who was the
reason behind his decision to erase his past," the Carballal
explains. Later in the US according to Carballal Castaneda would
mary three more times.
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After collecting dozens of calligraphic samples of Castaneda


(autographs, official documents, labor contracts, etc.), Manuel
Carballal, orders a judicial calligraphic expert to contrast the
signatures, from the Castaneda of UCLA with the letters that
Carlos César Arana Castañeda sent his sister Lucy to Cajamarca
indeed confirming that this is the same person.

Amy Wallace believed Carlos made up his literary figure as a


composite of many teachers. These included Oscar Ichazo and
Claudio Naranjo, of Sufi tradition, his hero, philosopher Alan
Watts, Swami Muktananda, Swami Vivekananda, and many more.

In 1973 with the money he had made from his books Carlos built
a mansion in Los Angeles which he shared with three of his
female followers. Here Castaneda started a secretive group,
ordering initiates to abandon their families and giving them new
names.
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Carlos claimed that Don Juan taught him to leap off cliffs and not
die. And one of his three female companions later wrote that:

"Increasing speculation, based on mounting evidence, leads me to


the conclusion that the five women who left Los Angeles shortly
after Carlos' death have committed suicide. Cleargreen employees
continue to report the women as 'traveling' and 'overseeing' the
business from afar but give no further details." (The Sorcerer's
Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda)
Upon reading The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos
Castaneda one cannot fail to notice that it is written from an
admirers point of view, and gives little or no information about
Carlos Castaneda or/and his student's true background in the
sense of its history of ideas. But Amy Wallace did meet him and
was his lover hence she is an important witness.
Following comments are based on a two hour conversation with
Castaneda’s ex wife in 1981. She was married to Castaneda for 13
years starting in 1960, the period Castaneda wrote his first books.
I did my best, age 20 as I was at the time, to have most of what
she told me confirmed by independent research.
As that time already revealed by Time Magazine Castaneda
studied painting and sculpture at the National School of Fine Arts
in Lima Peru, where he was born, and came as an exchange
student to the US. I personally saw the terra cotta bust of his
father Ceésar Arana Burungaray made by Carlos "Burungaray"
Castaneda, pictured below.
In contrast Castaneda claimed that he was born at São Paulo,
Brazil, into a well-known family of Italian descent which was not
true. He claimed to his wife that he had been born on "Christmas
day" in Italy, and that his mother had finished school in
"Switzerland." Instead his mother as Times Magazine team found
out, was raised in Lima just like his father.
Living with a foster family he next studied parapsychology at Los
Angeles City College from 1955 to 1959. Also in 1959 he became
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an American citizen and that is when he took the name


Castaneda.
Carlos Castaneda: Academic Opportunism and Psychedelic Sixties
by Jay Courtney Fikes himself a New Age Anthropologist (1996) in
contrast to Castaneda, did real fieldwork, and Fikes came to the
conclusion that the insights of "Don Juan" were taken "from
esoteric and occult tradition," and that Castaneda was in the
business of turning shamanic experience into a consumer product
to be sold in the market place.
As the prime source of Castanedas writings I would argue
however that in essence, the no doubt fictional "don Juan," was
talking phenomenology. (A topic by the way also heavily relied on
by Krishnamurti but that is a different story.)
This was a field Carlos Castaneda had begun gravitating toward at
UCLA, largely because of Harold Garfinkel, one of the nations'
leading phenomenologists and professor of his.
Garfinkel taught that socialization was a process of convincing
each individual that generally agreed upon descriptions actually
define limits of the real world. What he was saying was that
people generally agree on something being real and true and,
therefore, it becomes real and true; the view of a few random
schizophrenics, catatonics and autistic children notwithstanding.
"I have begun to understand sorcery in terms of Talcott Parsons'
idea of glosses," Carlos said to his newly wedded wife in 1960. "A
gloss is a total system of perception and language. For instance,
this room is a gloss. We have lumped together a series of isolated
perceptions-floor, ceiling, window, lights, rugs, etc.-to make a
single totality."
Appearing at the height of the psychedelic 60s, Castaneda’s first
book as is known, struck a chord and became a best-seller. It was
followed by A Separate Reality (1971), Journey to Ixtlan (1972),
and many others. Ironic is that these books as I found out were
taken with surprising seriousness by the academic community:
Walter Goldschmidt, a senior professor of anthropology at UCLA,
wrote a foreword to Teachings, and when Castaneda submitted
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Journey to Ixtlan under a different title as his doctoral


dissertation, UCLA awarded him a PhD.
But doubts soon surfaced. Experts pointed out that Don Juan's
"teachings" bore little resemblance to actual Yaqui Indian religious
beliefs. Hallucinogenic mushrooms didn't grow in the Sonoran
Desert, where Don Juan supposedly lived. Anyone who'd gone
walking for hours in the desert at the hottest time of the day, as
Castaneda claimed he and Don Juan had done, would surely have
died of sunstroke.
One the one side Castaneda's apologists like Amy Wallace (2003)
say it doesn't matter, the books contain deep truths. With skeptics
on the other hand concluding that Castaneda was a con man and
his books are a hoax.
Like in the case of so many other esoteric spokespersons before
and after (maybe most evident in Rudolf Steiner’s very "visible"
work), like Religious spokespersons, if looked at it from the
viewpoint of visionary art, do not need to be dismissed as only
‘frauds’.
In fact the issues usually come pushed to the forefront once the
gullibility of "true believers," or worse, "religious fundamentalists,"
start a polarization process in their missionary zeal to find
"converts."
As for Castaneda’s "history of ideas" another philosopher-
magician had come on the scene. In the beginning, he seemed to
have all the credentials, a position in academia and a kinky streak
of abandon, and Carlos began reading all he could find about Dr.
Timothy Leary.
Many of Leary’s ideas had come from Huxley's utopian novel
Island, in which the futurist Pala Islanders ate visionary
mushrooms, practiced Tantric Buddhism, hypnotism, eugenics,
painless childbirth and multi-parental upbringing of children.
Carlos that time would talk a lot about Leary and his psychedelics
and his liberation of experiments from the lab. This business of
moving the whole thing out of the lab and into private apartments
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or out into the desert or someplace, anyplace, everyplace,


seemed quite important to Carlos. Leary's experiments had the
vague look of legitimate scientific inquiry. At least in Carlos' mind
they did, and so he paid particular attention to Leary.
But at a party where a group of academics were invited Carlos
received a different impression of Leary; "What's your astrological
sign?" asked Tim Leary.
Carlos mumbled something about being a Capricorn, Leary
nodded and sneered. "A structure freak," he said.
The Making of Don Juan "Mateus."
Much of the actual writing of The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui
Way of Knowledge was done at his apartment. After his first
peyote experiences back in 1961 his ex wife reported. He
presented it to Professor Garfinkel, but Garfinkel didn't want to
read some student's subjective assessment.
So Carlos rewrote and expanded it and showed the work to him
again a few years later. But the old man still was put off by all the
academic jargon and psychological explanations of don Juan's
behavior.
By the time Carlos had quit school however he decided to work
through the manuscript in its entirety again, and this time when
he finished it , he went up to the third floor of Haines Hall but this
time he dropped it on the desk of Meigham who he had
occasionally talked with.
Meighan recalls: "He asked me to read it and give some
comments and advise."
Meighan next suggested that he go over and talk with somebody
at the University of California Press, which was just across the
lawn from Haines Hall, in the basement of Powell Library. He also
suggested that Carlos not present his manuscript as something
for the anthropology series, or any other series for that matter,
but as a trade book with general readership.

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By September, after many delays, it was obvious that the


University of California Press would publish it. Bill Bright told the
board members that the book was oke, Meighan agreed.
At the same time, The Great Fear had reared up at Haines Hall,
that haunting, almost unspeakable worry that maybe the whole
thing was some kind of elaborate hoax. Nobody really knew how
shrewd Carlos was. He had few credentials to fall back on. Maybe
he had let his peyote visions roll and was now pulling the
pinstripe shank of bluenose academia.
"I can believe what he's telling me," Meighan told the editorial
board. "It was the same thing he'd been telling everybody for
months. The sorts of things he is coming in with are too damned
good."
Meighan went on like this, assuring, proselytizing, assuaging The
Great Fear.
And Carlos told his wife: "It doesn't matter whether you are in the
Sonoran desert or on the San Diego Freeway, it is all the same."
A final anecdote that appeared significant to me was when his
wife described:
"During February of 1973, Carlos traveled to New York to talk with
his publisher about Tales of Power and invited me to join him
there for a few days. But by now he had become quite dictatorial,
ordering me all around. When I got back home to Charleston,
West Virginia, I filed for divorce. something that I had meant to
do for years. Then Carlos called who said he was confused by the
notice of divorce. I complained about his strange attitude and
behavior in New York.
There was a long silence, finally, he asked me to repeat all that
about his attitude in New York. Which I did- Carlos listened and
then solemnly confessed that 'I wasn't in New York at the Drake
Hotel in February,' he said. 'I didn't see you there then.'
I thought for a moment and wondered why he would lie about
something like this. Somebody was there, that's for sure. What
kind of bizarre schizophrenia was I dealing with here anyway?
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And then suddenly, it dawned on me-what a magnificent new


level he had slipped on everybody. What a marvelous new twist."

Around the time Castaneda died in April 1998, his companions


Donner-Grau, Abelar and Patricia Partin informed friends they
were leaving on a long journey. Tensegrity instructor Kylie
Lundahl, along with Cleargreen president Amalia Marquez (also
known as Talia Bey), also left Los Angeles. In 2006, Partin’s sun-
bleached skeleton was discovered by a pair of hikers in Death
Valley’s Panamint Dunes area and was identified by DNA testing.
The investigating authorities ruled Partin’s death as
undetermined. The fates of the other women are to this day
unknown. Sean Munger wrote a fairly good 2013 article about the
disappearances here. And an informed 2014 article about the
disappearance of Amalia Marquezcan be read here.

The leadership of Cleargreen However maintains the stance that


the witches aren't dead they're just traveling their official
statement read for the moment the witches are not going to
appear personally at the workshops because they want this dream
to take wings.

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Not to mention that ever since Carlos Castaneda died of cancer in


1988, unveiling the truth to his followers who had spent fortunes
on his "tensegrity" courses, many refused to believe it.

"The Nahual is a sorcerer," they said. "It was his double who
died." Hence Cleargreen to this day continues to sell courses
based on Castaneda's books.

Also throughout 2019 Cleargreen has been hosting ongoing series


of multi-day workshops available to anyone willing to pay the
registration fee which can cost thousands of dollars depending on
the duration and topic of the class. Here students had been
trapped by the deadly vision of a liar but those same followers
would respond that in reality, their experience all comes down to
perception...

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And Asian Martial Arts teacher in Los Angeles claimed that


Castaneda had studied with him the year before he launched
Tensegrity and Cleargreen and that most of the “magical passes”
of Tensegrity were really old Chinese Martial Arts moves that he
himself had taught Castaneda.

Below a list of the (only eight) people Sorcerer’s Apprentice: My


Life with Carlos Castaneda provides concrete information of. Plus
details of Carlos Castaneda’s disputed "testament."

1. Given Name (or Worldly Name), 2. -Sorcery Name(s) according


to Amy Wallace’s book., 3. -Myth, 4.- What Castaneda and the
‘witches’ said according to Amy Wallace.
5. -What they were really doing. So following a compilation of the
eight people Amy Wallace provides concrete information about in
her book, 7 women and 1 man they are listed below as
A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H.

A: Maryann Sirnko
- Taisha Abelar (and a variety of names for her roles in "the
theatre of the real")
-One of don Juan's four students. A consummate stalker.
- Claimed to have spent over a year living in don Juan's "magical"
house in Mexico, and well over a decade as his apprentice. Later
changes story claiming to be Castaneda's apprentice only, then in
private conversation with Ellis changes story back again,
emphasizing an ambiguous "they" who taught her.
-What she was really doing: As a nineteen-year-old UCLA student
she meets Castaneda. Receives a Master's degree and Ph.D. in
Anthropology at UCLA. Teaches at a community college during the
same years she claims to have been in Mexico receiving sorceric
training.

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In 1974 and 1975 photographs are taken of her performing karate


along with Florinda, despite don Juan's dictum against
photography. Taisha leaves Los Angeles after Castaneda's death
and is never heard from again. Carol tells Ellis she is dead, while
Cleargreen publicly states she "is directing the workshops from a
distance." Carol later tells Ellis she has visited Taisha at an
unknown location. Eflis sends a gift Pia Carol, and Carol returns
with a "thank-you" quote so unbelievable that Ellis now believes
Taisha is dead, or at least has not met With Carol.

B: Regine ("Gina") Thal


- Christina Casablanca/Florinda Donner-Grau
- One of don Juan's four students. A consummate dreamer.
- In lectures she claims to have studied with don Juan, and is the
parent of Tarina, the Orange Scout, along with Castaneda. Her
book Being-In -Dreaming states that she met don Juan and his
party in July 1970.
-What she was really doing: Born in Venezuela to German
~migr~s. In September 1970 enrolls in UCLA. Meets Taisha while
attending karate class; Taisha introduces her to Castaneda. Is
married to a German businessman for five years. They lived in
Manhattan Beach until mid-1972, when she divorces.
Full-time student at UCILA in 1972 and 1973-the year don Juan's
party was said to have left the world. Receives Master's in
Anthropology from UCLA in June 1974. Leaves UCLA before
completing her doctoral Program. In September 1975 she is
named in Castaneda's Will.
In early 1990’s writes book about her supposed apprenticeship
with don Juan, Being-In -Dreaming. In a 1992 interview in
Dimensions she states, "Actually, I'm not an apprentice of don
Juan. 1 was an apprentice of Castaneda who was an apprentice of
don Juan," thus radically contradicting her original story. States in
a lecture that don Juan was "very sexually active," contradicting
Castaneda's books. Marries Castaneda in September 1993 in Las
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Vegas, under the name Florinda Donner. Marries Castaneda's


agent Simon McKrindle in June 1994, under the name Florinda
Grau. States in another of her final lectures that Castaneda "has
sex," after publicly stating for ten years that he is celibate.
Disappears in 1998, three days after Castaneda's death. The week
before, tells Ellis, "I don't want to be around for the circus that's
coming! " Cleargreen claims she is "supervising" current
workshops. Callers to Cleargreen, the company sponsoring
workshops taught by Castaneda's disciples, are informed that Ms.
Grau is "travefing."
her doctoral program. In September 1975 she is named in
Castaneda's Mill.
In early 1990’s writes book about her supposed apprenticeship
with don Juan, Being-In -Dreaming. In a 1992 interview in
Dimensions she states, "Actually, I'm not an apprentice of don
Juan. 1 was an apprentice of Castaneda who was an apprentice of
don Juan," thus radically contradicting her original story. States in
a lecture that don Juan was "very sexually active," contradicting
Castaneda's books. Marries Castaneda in September 1993 in Las
Vegas, under the name Florinda Donner. Marries Castanecia's
agent Simon McKrindle in June 1994, under the name Florinda
Grau. States in another of her final lectures that Castaneda "has
sex," after publicly stating for ten years that he is celibate.
Disappears in 1998, three days after Castaneda's death. The week
before, tells Ellis, "I don't want to be around for the circus that's
coming!" Cleargreen claims she is "supervising" current
workshops. Callers to Cleargreen, the company sponsoring
workshops taught by Castaneda's disciples, are informed that Ms.
Grau is "traveling."

F: Kathleen ("Chickie") Pohlinan


-Carol Tiggs/ Muni Alexander/ Carol Aranha/ the nagual woman
- The female counterpart to the nagual. Allegedly disappeared
into the "Second Attention" for ten years. "Channels" the "Death
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Defier," a supernatural character from Carlos' book The Art of


Dreaming. Castaneda states publicly that "MunP' (a.k.a. Carol)
"controls us -she holds us all in the palm of her hand."
- According to her workshop lectures, she met don Juan and
Carlos together when she was nineteen years old, visiting Mexico
as an art student.
What she was really doing: Born November 24,1947, in
Hollywood. Meets Castaneda in 1968. During the ten years she
was supposed to have been in the Second Attention, she was
living in Berkeley, California, and the Pacific Palisades in Los
Angeles with her mother. She married, then received her
acupuncture license in 1981. Carol left her husband; she later tells
Ellis that he said, "I knew you'd go back to them."
When Castaneda allows her back into the group, she files for
change of name to Muni Alexander. Castaneda tells Ellis and
others that sexual relations with Carol "stop the internal dialogue"
a step on the way to "inner silence," analogous to enlightenment.
Castaneda orders Carol to have sex with various disciples, male
and female, as he does with Florinda Donner, while telling
disciples she is "a whore."
On September 29, 1993, Carol Muni Tiggs Alexander marries
Carlos Aranha in Las Vegas, two days after Castaneda's marriage
to Florinda Donner in the same locale. After Castaneda's death
she takes an apartment in Westwood, Los Angeles, and becomes
a recluse. After Castaneda's will passes probate, she becomes a
multimillionaire, living on Castaneda's royalties and Cleargreen
seminar income. Tells Ellis that Castaneda "hated women," "broke
her heart," and that she is "seriously ill" and "is going to need a
lot of therapy." Alternately, she claims to be an "empty, egoless
being," declaring, "I have attained inner silence." When asked
about her supernatural abilities, Carol generally tells questioners:
"You don't have the equipment to comprehend my words,
because you are not on my level; we'll discuss it when you have
advanced." Speaking of her fellow sorcerers, she tells Ellis, "I
don't like what left and I don't like what stayed! "

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G: Patricia ("Patti") Partin


- Nury/Nuri Alexander/Claude/Claudine/Nuli/the Blue Scout
- A being from the "inorganic world" incarnated physically through
the nagual woman and the nagual Castaneda, introduced
privately and publicly as their daughter.
- Castaneda alternately claims his daughter "was raised by don
Juan," "was raised by Florinda," "was found in an orphanage,"
and "raped me at the age of seven." Tells Ellis that she "despises
men" and has "the emotional capacity of a seven-year-old." Also
tells Elbs that "you are my daughter's double-I can't tell you apart
in bed."
Claude has the power to select and reject members of the inner
circle, which she exercises with severity. Is said to be "violently
jealous" and "an egoless being." Castaneda announces that she
posesses "non-human sexual organs." Appears normal when she
dances naked for the inner circle.
What she was really doing: Born in Southern California in 1957.
Does not finish high school. Works as a waitress in 1976. Marries
Mark Silliphant in 1977, son of Hollywood writer/producer Stirling
Silliphant, who at one rinic planned to film a version of
Castaneda's first book. Separates ~rom husband nineteen days
after marriage, then divorces. It is assumed that he also was
involved in the group. Mark has refused to speak publicly on this
topic. Castaneda supports her in lavish style r 1 or the rest of her
life. She cuts ties with her family in 1977 or '78, sending them a
letter presumably dictated by Carlos. Castaneda adopts her as his
daughter in the iggos.
Was last seen leaving Castaneda's home shortly after his death,
and stalkers reported seeing her driving in Los Angeles over a
two-week period thereafter. However, certain inner circle
members are that she "burned from within" inside the house, or
"burned the nagual." Her car is soon found abandoned in Death
Valle~ . California. Carol tells Ellis that Claude attempted a bloody
suicide in a desert hotel room, and claims to have brought her
"miffions m :ash" advising her to "open a print shop in Ireland
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and be excited her future." Muni tells Ellis that she clings to her
"mother's" ~,,~-ailing, "I'm a failure, I'm a failure!" When a
journalist contac----TheBlue Scoiat's" family, her sister writes the
following reply:
Name: Kim Partin Date: Thursday, November 11, 1999, list read
about my sister, Patty Partin. Glad to see she is being exposed for
what she is-a complete and utter phony, not to mention a con
artist. Among her other "attributes," 1 consider her to be a
murderess. She kills people in her mind. She killed me and she
killed my family. She had "false memories" of a horrible childhood
that simply did not exist. To think that people had to hold
themselves up to her as the "perfect being" is laughable. 1 could
not think of a more twisted, hateful or sick "being," although the
part about her not being human does ring true.

H: Marco Antonio Karam


- Tony Lama
- the new nagual
- Tony arranged a Buddhist gathering in Mexico for the Dalai
Lama at the pyramids of Teotihuacan. He took photos of the
crowd from a height, and on the negatives black winged creatures
appeared, corresponding to Carlos' descriptions of alien predators,
the Myers" or "voladores. 'This high concentration of people with
religious force, Carlos believed, had made it possible for the
creatures to anthropomorphize, since their food is egotistical self-
absorption (which is what Castaneda believes religious dedication
is). This photo is shown to the inner group, then to participants at
several workshops in 1995.
What he was really doing: Head of Mexico's Casa Tibet. Meets
Castaneda in 1994. Castaneda invites him for visits to Los
Angeles, believing he has paranormal powers. Tony organizes and
hosts a February 1995 workshop in Mexico, in addition being a
linguistic prodigy, providing brilliant translations in Spanish and
English. After the omen of the "flyer" photographs, Carlos urges
him to relocate to Los Angeles.
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The title I initially received-that of "the Electric Warrior," a mythic


sorceress of non-parcil gifts-was given to a number of women
upon joining the group. We soon learned that this moniker was
part of a routine seduction, a game of musical chairs continuing
until Carlos' death. But when Carlos told Tony that he was "the
new nagual," this was an event unprecedented in Carlos'
experience. After much consideration, Tony declined the offer,
increasingly convinced that Carlos' stories were fabricated, his
methods destructive and debasing. Above all, he was unwilling to
promote a philosophy fueled by lies and Byzantine subterfilge.
Piqued by this rejection, Castaneda later described Tony as "a liar
and an egomaniacal asshole." Tony told Ellis, "I'm not going to
leave my life's work to answer phones for the Chacmools."

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF CARLOS CASTANEDA


1, CARLOS CASTANEDA, a resident of the County of Los Angeles,
State of California, make, publish and declare this to be my Last
Will and Testament, and do hereby revoke all prior Wills made by
me. I direct my Executor to pay my funeral expenses, the
expenses of my last illness and the expenses of administering my
estate.

ARTICLE 1
I am not currently married. I was previously married to
MARGARET RUN-YON CASTANEDA, which marnage was
terminated by dissolution. Although I once treated him as if were
my son, ADRIAN VASHON, also known as C.J. CASTANEDA, is not
my son, natural or adopted. I have legally adopted NURI
ALEXANDER as my daughter. I have no other issue.

ARTICLE II
I give, devise and bequeath all my property and estate of every
kind and nature and wherever situated, both real and personal, to
the Trustee of THE EAGLE'S TRUST (the "Trust"), established
pursuant to that certain Declaration of Trust executed on the date
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on which this Will is executed, by me as Trustor and Deborah


Drooz as Trustee, to be added to and become a part of the corpus
of the trust estate there under and to be held, administered, and
distributed according to the terms and pro visions thereof,
including any amendments thereto made prior to the date of my
death. To the extent permitted by law, it is not my intent to create
a separate trust by this Will or to subject the Trust or the property
added to it by this Will to the jurisdiction of the probate court.
If the foregoing disposition to the said Trustee under the Trust is
not operative or is invalid for any reason, or if the Trust fails or
has been revoked, then 1 hereby incorporate by this reference the
terms of the Trust executed on this date, without giving effect to
any amendments made subsequently, and 1 give my said property
and estate to the Trustee named therein, to be held, administered
and distributed as provided in this instrument after incorporating
herein the terms of the Trust.

ARTICLE III
The Trust provides for the payment from a portion of the assets
held there under of all taxes incurred or payable by reason of my
death, whether or not such taxes are attributable to assets held in
that portion of the Trust, or to other assets subject to tax upon
my death. If and to the extent that the assets held under the
Trust and available for the payment of such taxes shall be
insufficient therefore, I direct that all estate, inheritance and
succession taxes imposed by the federal government or by any
country, state, district or territory and occasioned and payable by
reason of my death, whether or not attributable to property to
property subject to probate administration, shall be chargeable to
and paid out of the residue of my estate provided for under the
terms of Article II, above, without apportionment, deduction or
reimbursement therefore, and without adjustment thereof among
any of the beneficiaries of my estate.

ARTICLE IV

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Except as otherwise provided in this Will, I have intentionally and


with ftW knowledge omitted to provide for my heirs.

ARTICLE V
If any devisee, legatee or beneficiary named in this Will, or any
person who would be entitled to share in my estate through
interstate succession, shall in any manner whatsoever, either
directly or indirectly, oppose, contest, or attack this Will or the
distribution of my estate hereunder, or seek to impair, invalidate
or set aside any of the provisions of this Will, or shall aid in doing
any of the above acts, then in that event 1 specifically disinherit
each such person and all legacies, bequests, devises and interests
passing under this Will to that person shall lapse and be forfeited
and shall be disposed of as if such person (together with anyone
claiming through such person any anti-lapse law) had
predeceased me.

ARTICLE VI
Any provision of this Will is unenforceable; the remaining
provisions shall nevertheless be carried into effect.

ARTICLE VII
I nominate and appoint DEBORAH DROOZ as Executor of this
Will, and if she is unable or unwilling to serve as Executor, then 1
nominate and appoint JULIUS RENARD to serve as Executor in her
stead and if is unwilling or unable to serve, then 1 nominate and
appoint FA-BRICIO MAGALDI to serve as Executor. No bond shall
be required of my Executor.
My Executor shall have ffill power and authority to sell any
property of my estate at public or private sale, with or without
notice; to lease, exchange, or encumber the whole or any part of
my estate, with or without notice; to own and manage any
property and to operate any business belonging to my estate, at
the risk of my estate and not at the risk of my Executor, the
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profits and losses there from to inure to and to be chargeable to


my estate as a whole; to invest and reinvest surplus monies of my
estate in such types of investments, both real and personal, as
said Executor in his, her or their discretion may select, including
corporate obligations of every kind, preferred or common stocks,
common trust funds, improved or unimproved real properties,
interests joint ventures and partnerships and interests in
ownership and/or operation of a business. 1 further authorize my
Executor to administer my estate with flill authority pursuant to
the independent Administration of Estates Act as amended from
time to time.
My Executor shall be empowered to retain professional financial
coun sel and to charge the expense of such counsel to my estate
as a whole.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name this
23rd day of April, 1998 at Los Angeles, California.

CARLOS CASTANEDA

On the date written above, CARLOS CASTANEDA declared to us,


the under-signed, that this instrument, consisting of six (6) pages,
including the page signed by us as witnesses, was his Will and
requested us to act as witnesses to it. He thereupon signed this
Will in our presence, all of us being present at the same time
At this time, CARLOS CASTANEDA is over eighteen (d) years of
age and appears to be of sound mind. We have no knowledge of
any facts indicating that this instrument, or any part of it, was
procured by duress, menace, fraud, or undue influence. Each of
us is now over eighteen (18) years of age. We now, in his
presence and in the presence of each other, subscribe our names
as witnesses.
EXECUTED on April 23, 1998, at Los Angeles, California.
We declare under penalty or perjury under the laws of the State
of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
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Signature: MARY L. MUlB, residing at 3120 4th Street #23, Santa


Monica, California 90405
Signature: LITARES E-PORRAL, residing at 3120 4th Street #25,
Santa Monica, California 90405

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