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Brian Jay Jones in his biography of George Lucas, George Lucas: A Life (2016), tells that in May 1975, while writing an early six-page synopsis of Star Wars, George Lucas read The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, a work of anthropology and Sci-Fi by American author Carlos Castañeda.

Then, in August 1975, Lucas finished a third draft of Star Wars, the first to feature a character named General Ben Kenobi. About him, Lucas wrote..."Old man can do magic, read minds, talk to things like Don Juan".

In Castaneda's book, Don Juan is a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman.

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    "About him, Lucas wrote..."Old man can do magic, read minds, talk to things like Don Juan"." Doesn't this answer your question in the affirmative? Mar 19 at 22:27
  • @WiggotheWookie - Probably, but I don't think one unique recent book, after almost 50 years, should suffice as an authoritative source to confirm Kenobi's origin. It could be other references out there about this topic. Mar 19 at 22:34
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    Obi-Juan Kenobi? Twist! Mar 20 at 1:27
  • You appear to have Jones's book, so was there a footnote referencing his source for this?
    – Spencer
    Mar 20 at 16:21
  • @Spencer - I don't have the book. It is mentioned in a reissue of a special 2021 edition of Life magazine "George Lucas and the Making of Star Wars" 45th Anniversary. Mar 21 at 1:51

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