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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 04 | volume I | August-September, 1998



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Blesok no. 04August-September, 1998
Essays

Ecstasy and Conspiracy

- Resolving the mystery Carlos Castaneda -


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Ferid Muhić

In the consistent writing the title should be a substratum of the idea and the text its expansion. The subtitle, where given, points out some of the difficulties to include the whole idea in just one phrase – the title one. The idea of this essay is exposed in the title. Resolving the mystery known as Carlos Castaneda, as the title suggest is in the context of the words Ecstasy and Conspiracy, as a key words for comprehending his opus. The subtitle instructs that besides the context of the literary work in the construction Carlos Castaneda the mystery is also the author of the opus, which is an object of this essay.

Who is Carlos Castaneda?

In the literature's history there is only one more author who in hiding his own identity and biography succeeded to stay as much or even more enigmatic than Castaneda. It is an already notorious case with the identity of B. Traven, an author of “Rebellion Mexico” and lots of other literary works among which the most popular is the famous bestseller few times adapted for the movies titled as “The treasure of Sierra Madre”. Although at the end of this mysterious writer's life, the editor placed his name as Bent, instead of the initial “B” to suggest a Nordic ethnic genealogy, experts agree that until today we can not be certain if B. Traven is a name or a pseudonym, a male or a female, Mexican, Indian, or European, or if this is a pseudonym for a person at all and not a name for whole group of authors who prefer to stay in unclear anonymity.
    

Carlos Castaneda

    Things are very similar with Carlos Castaneda. And again as with B. Traven that Mejico Lindo Micoraso! Again an author who gravitates toward this unusual country which is still not just unknown to others, but as it looks with huge emptiness in its own self-conscious. The spiritual energy of Mexico practically has not been even touched with not one systematic research, and still remains magnetically repulsive for this kind of studies. But this is why Mexico captures those who are occupied by searching of a buried treasure and in this occupation the whole certainty is reduced to intuition and inside assurance (conviction). The treasure that Castaneda had searched for all of his life by his believes had also been hidden in Mexico. But this treasure has not been material, but spiritual,






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