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Bugarach Threatened by Sects of Revelation

Bugarach Threatened by Sects of Revelation | Bugarach | Scoop.it
The small village of Bugarach, in southern France, has attracted the attention of a government agency to oversee the sects because of the constant mass of people visiting it believed to be the only place in the world that will survive the Apocalypse in 2012.

Published by atraccion1982 in Christianity on June 17, 2011

A report by the agency, Miviludes, released Wednesday, notes that the picturesque village near Carcassonne should be monitored closely in the days prior to December 21, 2012, when many believe the world will end, according to an ancient Mayan prophecy .

 

Miviludes was created in 2002 to control the activity of sects, after a law passed last year criminalize fraud or abuse of vulnerable people through pressure techniques as those used in religious rites.

Surrounded by legends for years, Bugarach and rock, the peak Bugarach have attracted many visitors to the New Age movement in recent months, driving up property prices but also the threat of financial scams and psychological manipulations, said Miviludes in his report.

“I think we have to be careful. We should not become paranoid, but seeing what happened in Waco, United States, we know that this kind of thinking can influence vulnerable people,” said council president, Georges Fenech, a Reuters.

Waco, Texas, made headlines in 1993 when federal agents raided the headquarters of “Davidian movement” led by David Koresh, beginning a siege that lasted 50 days. The building was on fire when the troops finally tried to enter, leaving 80 dead.

 

Bugarach, with a population of just 200 inhabitants, has always been considered magical, partly because of what locals defined as a “mountain upside down”, where layers of rock from the top are older than the base.

The Internet is an infinite number of myths about the place: the mountain is surrounded by a magnetic force, which is the site of a hidden alien base until it contains an underground access to another world.

Now, many see the village as the last refuge from the proximity of the “End of the World.” Alerted to the arrival of visitors by Mayor Bugarach, Fenech went to the area and found six settlements in the surroundings created by members of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.

 

Other “gurus” and messianic groups have organized conferences payment in hotels in the region, according to Fenech. “This is big business,” he told Reuters.

Founded by J.Z. Knight, the school says the lessons follow mystic Ramtha, Lemurian warrior who fought against the residents of the mythical Atlantis 35,000 years ago and claimed to discover the secret of immortality.

The report says his goal is not to stigmatize the movement, but to inform the public about “groups or individuals whose speech doctrine or follow the theory of the ‘end of the world’.”

 

 

 

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For End of the World, a French Peak Holds Allure

For End of the World, a French Peak Holds Allure | Bugarach | Scoop.it

A myth surrounds the Bugarach mountain and its supposed magnetism. Some people plan to take refuge there on Dec. 21, 2012.

 

By MAÏA de la BAUME
Published: January 30, 2011

 

BUGARACH, France — The rocky mountain of Bugarach, rising just over 4,000 feet in the Corbières Mountains, in one of the poorest and least populated areas of France, has long attracted hikers and nature lovers who like to wander its gentle slopes in search of rare species of orchids.

 

But in recent years, the mystic beauty and remoteness of the mountain has lured another, less common variety of hiker. Residents call them “the esoterics,” people who believe that the end of the world is coming — don’t forget to mark your calendar — on Dec. 21, 2012.

Last month, the mayor of Bugarach, a tiny village at the foot of the mountain in the southern district of Aude, alerted the local authorities after he read on Internet forums that believers in the apocalypse planned to take refuge here in 2012.

“Some Web sites in the U.S. were selling tickets to come here,” said Jean-Pierre Delord, the mayor. “We are 200 locals; we don’t want 2,000 to 3,000 utopians showing up in Bugarach.”

Some French and international Web sites devoted to the apocalypse claim that the mountain of Bugarach is a sacred place that will protect them from the end of the world. Some even believe that, on doomsday, they will be spirited away by a group of aliens who live under the mountain. The date in question is when a 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close.

A local innkeeper, Sigrid Benard, who offers rooms only in the summer, said she had received numerous calls from people wishing to reserve rooms and mobile homes from the beginning of December 2012 to the end of January.

“People know I’m closed in the winter,” Mrs. Benard said. “But those people said they wanted to come three weeks before the apocalypse and book the week afterward to see what happens.”

Many here, including the mayor, do not want to see Bugarach transformed into a safe haven for those he called “apocalypse believers and lunatics.” They point to an increasing presence of “esoterics,” who settled in Bugarach around the year 2000 and who are also attracted to the tranquillity, the low price of real estate and the history of the area.

“Those people belong to a New Age circle of influence,” Mr. Delord said. “Today, they do business on pure fables; they build inns and organize collective therapies.”

One of the esoterics is a former teacher named Jean. With a wise look and linen pants in winter, he resembles a neo-hippie. He recently settled in a yurt in the forest near Bugarach with hopes of building what he calls “the civilization of the heart.”

“The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another, a new spiritual world,” Jean said, refusing to give his last name because of the increasing local controversy.

“The year 2012 is the end of a cycle of suffering,” he said. Bugarach is “one of the major chakras of the earth, a place devoted to welcome the energies of tomorrow.”

For other people around France, Bugarach is not just a quaint village with a mountain.

“We all know that aliens are there for thousands of years,” said Paul Ponssot, the owner of a Paris-based bookstore specializing in esoteric literature. “They may be the forces who will help us get through 2012.”

In the little town, even the most pragmatic visitors acknowledged the special atmosphere of the place, silent and vibrant.

“Bugarach is like California in the ’60s,” said Didier Gromaire, a social worker from Chambéry who spent three months in Bugarach last year. “Things appear more clearly here; when you arrive, you feel that this is the beginning of a new life.”

Bugarach and its surroundings still bear significant traces of medieval religious sects and orders, including the Cathars, who built remarkable castles nearby.

A few miles away sits the village of Rennes-le-Château, whose supposedly hidden treasures have inspired many international authors, including Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code.”

The peak of Bugarach has long been called “the sacred mountain”; geologists say that soon after the mountain was formed, it exploded and the top landed upside-down. The mountain is also said to have inspired French authors like Jules Verne in “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and American filmmakers like Steven Spielberg in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Several reports circulating on the Internet even suggested that former President François Mitterrand visited the peak by helicopter, that there was often a halo of cloud shaped like a spaceship around the summit and that planes never flew over the mountain because of supposed magnetic waves.

“People built an entire myth around the magnetism of the mountain,” said Jean-Luc Lamotte, 60, a retired businessman who owns a house nearby.

Some residents say that they sometimes see parades of people, their arms crossed in an X shape, climbing the peak with figurines of the Virgin Mary in their hands.

Ismo Nykanen, a Finnish journalist who settled in Bugarach with his family a few years ago, said he once spotted several groups of people, some dressed in white, some naked, carrying a ball and a golden ring hung by a thread.

“They stay several months during the summer in campers parked at the bottom of the peak,” Mr. Nykanen said. His teenage daughter, Elsa, said she once saw a truck with a message spray-painted on its door: “Collective suicide: Bugarach 2012.”

Cristina Breiner owns a guesthouse in the nearby village of Rennes-les-Bains. She was recently brought by a friend to a meeting of local esoterics.

“They dress like ordinary people and strongly believe that someone in the sky is sending them messages,” Mrs. Breiner said.

Mayor Delord is trying to figure out how to curb new influxes of utopians in the area, especially with the apocalypse coming. In a country where the government lists at least 30 movements preaching the apocalypse, the mayor’s concerns are not abstract.

“If it happens as in Mr. Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ” Mr. Delord said, “it would be necessary to call in the army.”

 

 

 

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