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:
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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? 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.
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...
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: 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.
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 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 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! "
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Except as otherwise provided in this
Will, I have intentionally and with ftW knowledge
omitted to provide for my heirs.
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.
Any provision of this Will is
unenforceable; the remaining provisions shall nevertheless be carried into
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 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.
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.
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