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Apocalypse prediction could spark mass suicide, French agency warns

Apocalypse prediction could spark mass suicide, French agency warns | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Paris (CNN) -- The specter of a mass suicide tied to the widely predicted end of the world in December 2012 has prompted a warning from a government official in France, where people are already gathering at a place believers predict may provide the only escape from the apocalypse.
Georges Fenech, president of French government agency Miviludes, which observes sect movements and warns the public of potential risks, told CNN that he had alerted French public authorities, including the prime minister, to the issue.
"We fear that this message of fear could have serious consequences on fragile members of the French population," he said.

The small southern mountain village of Bugarach is prophesized by some to be one of the few places, if not the only place, that will survive the devastation.

According to Miviludes, settlements in the surrounding area have been established by members of the American Ramtha School of Enlightenment. The head of this presumed sect, Judy Zebra Knight, claims be in contact with Ramtha, a Lemurean warrior who fought the residents of the mythical Atlantis 35,000 years ago.
She has delivered messages about the 2012 apocalypse in front of thousands of followers in the United States, according to Miviludes.
The coordinator for the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in France, Valerie Sautereau, says that group has no apocalyptic beliefs and no link with the village of Bugarach
Suicide resulting from apocalyptic beliefs has already occurred in France in recent years. In 2002 a suicide and several suicide attempts occurred in the town of Nantes within a small circle of people who believed the end of the world was imminent.
"We know from history and experience that apocalyptic discourse can lead to tragedy," Fenech said. "This is why we have taken measures to notify police and other public authorities in order to monitor the situation."
In the late 1990s there was a series of 74 suicides in the late 1990s in France, Switzerland and Canada by followers of the Order of the Solar Temple.
"Around 500 000 French people belong to cults. They affect all kinds of people from all kinds of social backgrounds, including children." Fenech added.


There are growing concerns for the village of Bugarach, which also is known on Internet sites as an "alien garage" where extraterrestrial visitors supposedly wait beneath 4,000-foot Pic de Bugarach. Properties are being bought in surrounding isolated areas and construction of bunkers with underground tunnels and food supplies has also been noted, according to Miviludes, France's Interministerial Mission of Vigilance Against Sectarianism.
"If we see thousands of people arriving it will not be safe," Fenech said. "It's a mountainous area with dangerous mountain roads which would need to be closed.
"I have visited the site. People are really worried. It's a tiny village which is receiving thousands of visitors. They hold processions, pray, leave objects. It is essential that we anticipate dangers and take precautionary measures."
He expressed concern for a "climate of fear facilitated by the Internet."
The supposed Apocalypse 2012 has already taken on global significance, with around 2.5 million websites dedicated to the phenomenon. The theories are based on interpretations of the Mayan calendar, which it is said ends on December 21, 2012. Several other astrophysical events have been predicted for this time, including an equinox alignment of the planets.


Scientists dismiss the idea.


"There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades." NASA says in a Q&A page on its website. "Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. ... Credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012."
The president of the French society Suicide Ecoute, Isabelle Chaumeil Gueguen, said the organization has so far received no calls "related to the apocalypse predicted for 2012."
However, she added, "it's certainly true that people who are mentally unstable can react strongly to dramatic announcements in the press. If it begins to be mentioned a lot in the media, especially on television, we can expect to have calls about it.
"People of a weak mental disposition are also much more likely to be influenced by cults, and messages spread by social networking sights can be equally dangerous."

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Bugarach, le village qui attend l’apocalypse

Bugarach, le village qui attend l’apocalypse | Bugarach | Scoop.it


[a podcast in French]

Un documentaire d'Olivier Chaumelle et Rafik Zenine sur France culture : 



Bugarach est un joli village de l’Aude, au pied de l’imposante montagne du même nom, qui est le point culminant des Corbières (1230m), et le lieu de pas mal de croyances modernes très diverses et étonnantes. En 25 ans, dans ce pays cathare propice aux mystères et légendes – le trésor de l’abbé Saunière à Rennes-le-Château par exemple – la montagne est devenue mythique. Beaucoup de gens disent y avoir été témoins de phénomènes paranormaux, avoir vu des ovnis, prétendent que le Bugarach abrite un gigantesque garage d’engins extraterrestres ou recèlerait un trésor incommensurable. L’énergie formidable qui naît du Bugarach, qui procure un ressourcement très net aux personnes qui en effectuent l’ascension, viendrait du vortex tellurique qui en jaillit et met en communication la Terre et le Ciel.
De surcroît, il serait le lieu où les élus seraient sauvés de la fin du monde, laquelle interviendra, comme chacun le sait d’après le calendrier maya, le 21 décembre 2012. C’est pour bientôt !
Ce documentaire explore la naissance et la persistance de ces mythes modernes.

Avec :
Jean-Pierre Delord, maire de Bugarach ;
Marie-France Garraude-Pasty et Alain Pasty, auteur de Une déchirure dans l’espace-temps aux éditions du Temps Présent ;
Thomas Gottin, auteur de Le phénomène Bugarach : naissance d’un mythe aux éditions L’Œil du Sphinx ;
Pierre Guillien, géobiologue ;
Yves Lignon, mathématicien ;
Nicolas Marlin, libraire à Rennes-le-Château ;
Philippe Marlin, éditeur à L’Œil du Sphinx ;
Jean-Luc Rivera, organisateur des Rencontres de l’Imaginaire de Sèvres ;
Genny Rivière, auteur de L’Appel du Bugarach aux éditions des 3 monts ;
Et la voix de Jean-Louis Dumiot-Mendy.

Production : Olivier Chaumelle
Réalisation : Rafik Zenine

Thème(s) : Information| Société| Bugarach| fin du monde| mythe

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Doomsday Village of Bugarach » THE END OF WORLD 2012

Doomsday Village of Bugarach » THE END OF WORLD 2012 | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Bugarach, France
A village in southern France is thought by some to be the one place where it may be possible to survive the Doomsday of the end of the world – an event they expect on 21 December 2012.


Bugarach, a tiny ancient village on the French side of the Pyrenees is extremely hard to find and you have to make a special effort to get there.
And that is apparently just what a variety of esoteric groups, “new-agers” and doomsday cults are doing or planning to do.
According to an ancient Mayan calendar, at some point towards the end of 2012, the world will come to an end.
It is not clear how that will happen, but apparently humanity does not stand a chance – except for those who seek shelter in the area surrounding Bugarach.
Just 200 people live there all year round, but doomsday believers and spiritual groups are convinced the village has magical powers, thanks to the local mountain – the Pic de Bugarach.
For years, rumours have circulated on the internet that extra-terrestrials live in the mountain, and come the apocalypse, the top will open and they will emerge with spaceships, and rescue the local inhabitants.




Sounds ridiculous, right?

A special parliamentary committee has warned that sects may be considering mass suicides in 2012, on French territory.
It has pointed the finger at some of the people spending time around Bugarach and elsewhere in the Pyrenees.
The authorities say some individuals have bought land in the mountains, with the intention of building bunkers, where they can survive the end of the world surrounded by their acolytes, or even die together.
I have to admit while I was in Bugarach I saw no spaceships or mysterious priest-like figures.
Just a painting on a wall depicting UFOs picking a human off a mountain top, and some sleepy dogs basking in the sun rather fed up at being woken up by yet another foreign journalist.
A four-man crew from German television was also wandering through the village, looking for signs of the near end of the world.
They too came away empty-handed, and rather puzzled by all the fuss.


Strange rituals

It has to be said that the local population is not exactly thrilled to see the media stomping through the village and most are not talking.


Their shutters are tightly shut to keep out both the searing heat, and pesky reporters asking questions about UFOs.
One who was willing to talk was Valerie Austin, a retired British schoolteacher who came here 10 years ago to get away from it all.
She said she believed she had a rational mind, and just could not see how anyone could take seriously the idea that the mountain might be some sort of underground, UFO car park.
But the local mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, told me groups that could be called sects are heading to the mountain top and taking part in strange rituals.
Others, dressed in white outfits, have also been seen holding furtive gatherings in the forest near the village.
He says it is frightening his constituents and he also shakes his head in disbelief.
He said, with ghoulish humour, if it really is the end of the world next year, he has no desire to be left on his own in the village.
It will not be much fun – he would rather die with the rest of civilisation.
And at the nearest estate agency, about 10 miles (16km) from the village, Jacques Fargier says he has sold some big properties to some strange types that could be characterised as sects.
In fact, teasingly, he said that there would be no point in anyone heading to the village looking for a property safe haven, because there was not much on the market and building permission was very hard to obtain in this stunning part of the world.


Mystical energy


Doomsday or not, there is no question that the countryside around Bugarach has a very powerful hold on many visitors with esoteric inclinations.


In the next valley there is another tiny village, Rennes le Chateau, that has been swamped by tourists for several years, after the hugely successful writer, Dan Brown, revealed in The Da Vinci Code an ancient rumour that the local priest became rich overnight.
According to the legend, he found proof that Mary Magdalene and Christ may have been lovers. He was bought off by the Catholic Church to keep the truth secret, and then buried his wealth near the village.
Every year, spiritual travellers come to soak in the energy they say comes from the mountain. They are convinced something very strange happened here.
This arid and remote region has a rich history. Brutal religious wars and border conflicts between France and Spain have marked the land. Ransacked castles dot the landscape.
A low cost of living, artisan economy, and air of mysticism lingering over the mountainous terrain, has attracted misfits and a large community of hippies to the region for years.
For the local restaurants and bed-and-breakfast owners, there is no doubt the strange tales and magic energy said to be inside the mountains are extremely good for tourism.
But they admit too many visitors in white tunics holding secret gatherings at night is not the kind of business they are keen on.


We hope that the most people coming In the Doomsday Village of Bugarach will know what he can expect.





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2012: Will Bugarach and Los Angeles be spared?

2012: Will Bugarach and Los Angeles be spared? | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Bob Thiel
, LA Church History & End Prophecy Examiner
December 22, 2010


Last year Sony released its 2012 movie. Sony invited this Examiner to Century City (near Hollywood) to watch the press pre-release preview. The movie was number 1 when it first opened. It is did fantastically well in overseas markets like China (see Chinese Pleased With China’s Portrayal in Sony’s 2012 Movie, Indonesia Less So) and Russia (see 2012 a Hit in Russia).

The movie portrays Los Angeles, India, the Vatican, and other places being destroyed by a flood, two years from now. The main ones that survive, survive on what could best be described as flotilla of modern versions of Noah’s Ark.


Because the date of the start of the “Mayan flood” is two years from now, it is making the news again. There was something in the news yesterday about a village in France that many believe will survive 2012.

Notice the headline:

French village which will ‘survive 2012 Armageddon’ plagued by visitors

Telegraph - Dec 21, 2010 http://bit.ly/rUCVIV  

Essentially, since the area is isolated and some consider the village of Bugarach is in “sacred mountains”, the 189 residents there are concerned that thousands will descend upon it in about two years and overwhelm the local population. It has been getting a lot of visitors who are checking it out, just in case they wish to flee there.

Now, unless the French village is bombed or some major disaster strikes it, I believe it will survive December 21, 2012 and be fine on December 22, 2012 (though possibly a bit crowded). Yet, I believe that the same is true for Los Angeles, India, the Vatican, and other places that Sony’s 2012 movie shows will be destroyed by flood.


Because the world will not end in a flood (Genesis 9).

Now, in Sony’s defense, the movie it produced was based on one particular interpretation of a centuries old Mayan prophecy.

In the 16th century Mayan writing known as the Chilam Balam there is the following:

But when the law of the katun has run its course, the God will bring about a great deluge again which will be the end of the world. When this is over, then our Lord Jesus Christ will descend over the valley of Jehoshaphat beside the town of Jerusalem where he redeemed us with his holy blood (José Hoíl J, Roys R. The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. Roys Publisher, 1933. Reprint Forgotten Books, 1967, p. 62).

Since the Mayan calendar ends when one of the katuns is finished (December 21, 2012), some interpret that the world will end in a flood that begins that date, and that presumably all we see by December 22, 2012 until most drown.

But notice that the particular Mayan prophecy, which by the way is the most explicit one about the world ending in a flood (prior to the 16th century the Mayans did not write, but essentially used a picture written communication system which 21st century scholars interpret in various ways), says that Jesus will return. As it turns out, the book that mentions Jesus the most, the Holy Bible, has this to say about a disasterous flood:

8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 "And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." (Genesis 9:8-11, NKJV)

So, no, the world as we know it will not be destroyed by December 22, 2012. Los Angeles residents do not need to live in fear that their county will be destroyed like the 2012 movie portrays. The Bible is clear that the world will not be destroyed by a flood.

However, it is likely that when the world does not end in a flood, that on December 22, 2012 scoffers will rise up and discount all prophecy. Because of misinterpretations of 2012 and certain media, hype, many will doubt Bible prophecy. Notice that the Apostle Peter warned about this:

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? (2 Peter 3:1-13)

So, no, we in Southern California do not need to go to French mountains to survive the end of the world and return of Jesus Christ on December 21/22, 2012. But yes Jesus will return and the world as we know it will end. But that will not be for a few years later. You do not need to go to France in two years, but please do not scoff at Bible prophecy, as it will come to pass.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This link also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, world events have aligned with at least 14 predictions in the book and many more will to come to pass. It clearly explains much of what will and will not happen in 2012 and the signs that believers need to be looking for.
2012 y el surgimiento de la secta secreta 2012 libro del Dr. Thiel en Español.
2012 und das Auftreten der geheimen Sekte (German Edition) 2012 Buch von Dr. Thiel in deutscher Sprache.
2012 e o Surgimento da Seita Secreta (Portuguese Edition) 2012 livro do Dr. Thiel em Português. Este livro documenta e explica centenas de profecias. E desde que foi publicado pela primeira vez, pelo menos 14 já começaram a acontecer.


Continue reading on Examiner.com 2012: Will Bugarach and Los Angeles be spared? - Los Angeles Church History & End Prophecy | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/church-history-end-prophecy-in-los-angeles/2012-will-bugarach-and-los-angeles-be-spared#ixzz1cFxQ30YA


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Bugarach located in Bugarach, France

Bugarach located in Bugarach, France | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Small French town or alien garage?

In December 2012, a legion of apocalyptic New Age believers will either join the ranks of aliens, or feel very stupid. For the time being though, they're content just to occupy the small, wine-country village of Bugarach, France and wait for the end of the world.


According to believers from across the globe, the village of Bugarach is the only location in the world that will be spared during the Mayan-predicted apocalypse of 2012. Despite scientists asserting with a high level of confidence that the Mayan calendar simply starts over, the New Age followers who have flocked to the town insist that aliens living beneath the mountain near Bugarach will save them when the world ends.


With a steady stream of almost 20,000 visitors per year, alien-scientists and fanatics alike have come to the foot of the mountain, or alien garage as they like to call it, to pray, learn and engage in bizarre ritual. Overrunning natives of Bugarach, the real estate market in the area has even increased in value as many alien-followers have purchased homes and cottages in the area.


Over the last 1000 years, a number of sources have stated that caves below the mountain existed. However, there is little hard evidence that aliens reside in these caves, and the New Age following around the town is beginning to concern locals. The mayor of the town even issued a statement saying he would not hesitate to involve the army if things in Bugarach got out of hand. A French group has also placed the town under watch, suspecting that mass suicides might take place before the predicted apocalypse....

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2012 Apocalypse: Will Village of Bugarach Be Spared? (PHOTOS)

2012 Apocalypse: Will Village of Bugarach Be Spared? (PHOTOS) | Bugarach | Scoop.it
The followers of the New Age faith believe that mountainous village of Bugarach would be spared in the 2012 apocalypse.


Bugarach is located at the foot of Pic de Bugarach, a 1,230-meter (4,040 ft) mountain peak and the highest summit in the Corbières mountains. The peak is also called the "upside down mountain" since its top layers are older than the lower layers due to uplift of the Pyrenees.

Surrounded in legend for centuries, Bugarach has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base.

Residents of the tiny southern French hamlet, population 194, are witness to a rising influx of Doomsday believers convinced it is the only place that will survive judgment day, December 21, 2012.

This has set in motion French government agency Miviludes into top gear monitoring sect movements and suicide attempts at the village of Bugarach, which is believed to be the escape route to doomsday events.

Ever since the word is out about the village as the possible escape route, it has begun attracting thousands of visitors who come to pray and participate in processions though the mountainous area with dangerous roads and curves is not equipped to accommodate the huge numbers.

Also known as "Alien Garage", it is believed that extraterrestrial visitors live somewhere 4,000-foot beneath the mountain here and that it serves as the escape route, if and when apocalypse or the end of the world ever happens.

Despite denials from NASA and the global scientific community denying the Apocalypse 2012 theory, it has taken the Internet world by storm as the day coincides with December 21, 2012, apparently stated in the ancient Mayan calendar.

Take a glimpse of the mountainous village of Bugarach and the peak of Bugarach:

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Bugarach, Tiny French Village, Draws Apocalypse-Fearing Tourist Hordes

Bugarach, Tiny French Village, Draws Apocalypse-Fearing Tourist Hordes | Bugarach | Scoop.it
The tiny French hamlet of Bugarach is known for its serenity and quaint charm.


But in recent months, the village -- which boasts a population of a mere 189 people -- has been besieged by tourist hordes comprised of New Age followers who are convinced a nearby mountain will help them escape the end of the world in 2012, the BBC is reporting.

Mayor Jean-Pierre Delord says these visitors believe the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, or the end of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the ancient Maya calendar. In addition, the myth of a 2012 doomsday is reportedly supported by claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth, according to the U.S. space agency NASA. That theory, in turn, became linked to dates in the Mayan calendar.

The Telegraph reports that many of the tourists see Bugarach -- which reportedly inspired both Steven Spielberg's hit film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and Jules Verne's classic novel "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" -- as one of perhaps several "sacred mountains," or an "alien garage" somehow sheltered from the cataclysm.

"I'm worried because the population of our village is only 200 people and... we risk having a flood from all the corners of the earth," Delord told RTL radio. "There are already some websites in the U.S. with some people selling tickets for trips to Bugarach. They are doing some business, and people are already organizing visits and prayer and meditation workshops," he added.

Residents seem to feel similarly. "There is a special feeling here, but if I really believed the world were about to end, I'd have a whale of a time over the next two years rather than look for salvation." Valerie Austin, a British woman who's lived in Bugarach for 22 years, told the Daily Mail. "It's a beautiful area, but now you find people chanting lying around meditating."

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