Doomsday hysteria has gripped Russia and some of its neighbors. Travel agencies are selling tours to either heaven or hell and people are stocking up on food and fuel. Officials are publicly denying the apocalypse, hoping to calm the hype.
In France authorities had to ban access to a mountain that doomsday theorists believe will be the only safe spot during the apocalypse on December 21.
Bugarach at the feet of the French Pyrenees with its two narrow streets, 176 residents, was barely heard of a few years ago. Now, it’s arguably the most famous village in France, known variously as “the village at the end of the world”, the “chosen village”.
Local authorities decided to limit access to the peak beginning December 19, and through December 23.
Local residents and authorities still fear that pilgrims of the Mayan calendar will flood the area and disturb their way of life. A hundred policemen and firemen will control access to the village, which is nestled at the foot of a mountain, and is said to have “magical powers” and is believed to be a “gate between worlds.”
France authorities also banned mass parties at the area and are now considering introducing a no-fly zone around the peak.
And at the birthplace of Mayan calendar, Mexico and Guatemala agencies offer tours “The end of the world with Maya” and “The world of Maya 2012.”