This series was created on the basis of books of Carlos Castaneda and his followers.
The books of this writer, though quite questionnable from the point of view of accuracy in description of magical practices of Central American Indians, let many people think for the first time about energetic structure of the world and people. Some persons of course took it too hard, but in general excessive orientation to material world was a bit shaken.
The image illustrates the book of Florinda Donner-Grau “Being-in-Dreaming: An Initiation Into the Sorcerers’ World”.
Jenaro Flores had exceptional flexibility and coordination based on the full control of his energetic body. Using support of energy fibers protruding from the center of his energetic structure, he managed to do unbelievable tricks with his physical body. He was a magus, perfect dreamer, possessed a part of ancient magical knowledge of Toltec Indians, which has been divided in many specialized areas.
I was impressed by the story on how Florinda entered the kitchen, where Jenaro sat on the high bank crosslegged and peeled peanuts. In one moment he moved weight of the body on one hand and bended threw peanuts directly to the mouth of Florinda. She coughed and standing back of her don Juan beat her on the back with “Nagual hit” so she saw what is really going on.
The title says how easy Jenaro performs his unbelievable movements.
In one of the book by Carlos Castaneda his meeting with amazing witch La Catalina is described. She arranged for Carlos true show with transforming into various beings. At the end she transformed him also into something resembling strange worm, adopted same appearance herself and was flying holding him in hands. All that she did to throw out Carlos from the framework of his rigid world; the world not accepting existence of the magic even when it is right in front of him.
You could read more in details about this and similar stories in numerous books by Castaneda and his fellows Donner-Grau and Abelyar.
There was a paired to this artwork called “Guard of the entrance to the other world”, unfortunately, there is no even photo left. Hope it will be found and published someday.
Book by Florinda Donner-Grau “Being-in-Dreaming” describes the process of the teaching the art of dreaming to the woman-dreamer.
At the graphics, Don Juan Matus and Don Jenaro Flores are feeding lunch to their student woman-dreamer Florinda Grau which after two weeks of journey in dream of course is pretty hungry. She swallowed a lot of food and when she tried to eat also dried apricots, Jenaro was so amused that he laughed for half an hour balancing on the one leg of the chair. Of course, such amazing magus as Jenaro, uses even his laugh to teach his student, showing her that it is possible to hold for the objects with developed energetic fibers. And don Juan with kind smile is convincing Florinda to eat this giant bowl of dried apricots too.
In the book about Indians of Yanomami tribe by F. Donner-Grau “Shobono”, there are many funny situations which happened to Florinda during her life among Indians. The name “shobono” reflects the main principle: one village – one family. Everybody is close to each other, even huts are built in such a way that resemble one circular house with many rooms.Each room has its own roof – cone made of banana leaves, but there is no walls separating huts. They live as one big family and solve all problems together. One night their white guest found the decision of the question worried her for long time; it seems so obvious and funny to her that she laughed out loud and woke up all shobono. The chief of the tribe heard homerical laugh and decided to find out immediately whether it is not a tricks of evil spirits. And for connection to the spirits, men of the tribe use vegetal hallucinogenic powder of Epena which is blown up to the nose with the straw.
Illustration to the book “Shobono” by Florinda Donner-Grau about Indians of Yanomami tribe where she lived for about two years.
This tribe is living in the Amazon jungles, it thoroughly avoids contacts with civilization considering reasonably that it would break their way of life sustained for thousand years. Ritimi is a daughter of the chief, she is beloved wife of the strong hunter and one of the most respected women in shobono, the word “shobono” in the local language means village and family. Tutemi is the girl from the neighbor village, second wife – helper. But watching their relations you could say that they are sisters. Magic penetrates all their life, from day of birth to death yanomamies are going through number of ceremonies and initiations. Ritual decorations and body ornaments, usual and festive, also have magical meaning.