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Bugarach, village pris d'assaut pour échapper à l'Apocalypse

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Apocalypse prediction could spark mass suicide, French agency warns

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

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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.

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2012-predictions-review: Bugarach

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Pic de Bugarach...is there a 2012 story in this area of France ???

 

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What does Bugarach in France have to do with 2012, armageddon, the end of the world, or prophecy and predictions of the apocalypse ?

In a series of posts on 2012 prediction review over the next weeks we look into this small French community hoping to find out how Bugarach has become a player in the 2012 phenomena.

We hope to answer how UFO's and religious sectarian cults meld Bugarach to the end of times....somehow.

We hope to discover some interesting facts about locals of this small France community and facts about expats and hippies who have found interest in the Pic de Bugarach which is an elevation in the Pyrenees Mountains.

We hope to identify who the cultists are who claim that this area of France is the safe haven that will carry them through 2012 alive.

We hope to discover how Atlantis and Lemuria, the lost continents of long ago eras, come to play a role in the growing relation between Bugarach and 2012.

We hope to discover how more down to earth people who believe these legends and religious convictions are a dangerous proposition that could lead to the death of followers are dealing with the relationship between 2012 and the small France community of Bugarach.

Where is Bugarach and the Pic de Bugarach ?

The image below may be a beginning for the reader to follow up on.....

Future posts on Bugarach on 2012 predictions review may also serve to answer some of your questions on why suddenly this area of France is making 2012 news.

 

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Mount Bugarach

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The winding banks of the Aude and the sparsely populated countryside that surround its headwaters in the Haut Raze would have offered ample shelter for the Cathars and it is said their faith survived in secret for long years amidst its wild hills and shadowy valleys, even unto the present day. Over the course of the centuries a series of bizarre and fantastical rumors began to accrue about the region and the brooding cone of Mount Bugarach, the dormant volcano that dominates the densely wooded landscape, standing sentinel over Galamus Gorge and the gateway to the Corbieres.

The labyrinthine limestone caverns and smoldering internal fires of the oddly shaped mountain, a have fuelled both the hot springs of Rennes les Bains and the imaginations of countless visitors over the years including the science fiction writer Jules Verne who is said to have holidayed on the volcano's flanks. The celebrated author makes several veiled references to the area in his work, ranging from the subterranean voyages of Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Black Indies to the alchemical chicanery of Carpathian Castle. The mountain, also known locally as the Pech de Thauze or the 'Crossroads of the Four Winds' provides both the name of one of the lead characters, the flamboyant Captain Bugarach, in Verne's all but unreadable maritime opus Clovis Dardentor and the inspiration for the 'eagle's nest' – the home of Robur the deranged aeronaut in Master of the World.

Over the course of the 20th century the tales of faery's, will o' the whisps’ and woodland elementals gave way to phantom airship sightings and common or garden UFOs. During the late eighties the region was considered a prominent 'window area' and a 24 hour 'skywatch' was established on Laval Dieu, the jagged spine of rocks facing the slumbering volcano. When I first visited the area in the early nineties I was introduced to the occupant of an isolated farmhouse near the headwaters of the River Sals, a wild eyed individual named Jean de Rigney who had been convinced the mountain harboured an underground UFO base and had produced countless fuzzy recordings of what he insisted were extraterrestrials moving about beneath his floorboards. More recently this tendency to blur the lines between ancient history, popular mythology and outright science fiction has been given added impetus by the work of French pseudo historian Michel Lamy who suggests that not only does Mount Bugarach conceal an entrance to the hollow earth and the lost kingdom of Agartha but that Esclarmonde d'Alion and her immortal cohorts are related to Vlad Dracule, the bloodsucking Count of Carpathia and the book they guard, the mythic 'Book of the Seven Seals' is the real life inspiration for American fantasy author H.P.Lovecraft's equally mythical 'Necronomicon’. All of which would be frankly laughable were it not for the unsettling fact that certain elements of these claims actually check out.

Samples of saline water drawn from the stream beside Jean de Rigney's house proved on further analysis to contain unusually high levels of radiation and references to 'earth lights' and hidden underground passageways extend back to well before the 20th century UFO flap. A close reading of Lamy's text indicates that he is cross referencing not so much the work of Lovectraft himself but the George Hay / Colin Wilson hoax Necronomicon first issued in 1978. The provenance of the so-called 'Hay Necronomicon' has been widely discredited, not the least by Colin Wilson himself who admitted to perpetrating the hoax in an article entitled "The Necronomicon, the Origin of a Spoof", which first appeared in Crypt of Cthulhu and was later reprinted in Black Forbidden Things", edited by Lovecraft scholar and enthusiast Robert Price. What Wilson fails to point out is that his 'spoof' seems to have been lifted wholesale from the work of French occultist Eliphas Levi who in turn was drawing upon some of the cornerstone texts of the European esoteric tradition. Certain aspects of the central ritual outlined in the 'Hay Necronomicon' as a method of 'opening the gates' so that the 'Great Old Ones' might return to Earth and complete the 'clearing off' of the human race correspond a little too closely for comfort with the local mythology of the Haut Razes – not the least of these being the 'Crossroads of the Four Winds' itself – the 'Gate of the Winter Wind', 'The Gate of the Summer Wind', 'The Gate of the Rushing Torrents' and 'The Gate of the Whirling Air' closely linked to the four cardinal points and that confounding cabbalistic puzzle box commonly known as the 'Cube of Space'.

It was not until the spring of 2008 that I had the opportunity to return to the area with fellow esoteric scholar and long term Shadow Theatre irregular Miss Scarlett to check out some of the increasingly wild and woolly claims first hand...

Testimony of Scarlett Amaris – Haut Razes - March 2008.

Our very strange journey began from this single phrase, “We might also compare the book closed by the seven seals of the Apocalypse, depicted in the church of Bugarach next to the Grail chalice, to that secret book called the Book of Seals, which was solemnly opened on the Cathar feast day of Bema.“ The phrase appears in a new translation of The Secret Message of Jules Verne by Michel Lamy, which we had picked up the day before in the bookstore in Rennes-le-Chateau. Considering how close it was to Easter Sunday, which was supposedly around the Cathar holy day of Bema, we decided to take a quick trip and have a look for ourselves.

The village of Bugarach is very small, and lies within the view of the majestic volcano that has been host to so many legends, everything from UFO’s in the 80’s, to death by 'inexplicable dehydration', and instances of people disappearing only to return with their hair bleached completely blond. We quickly found the church, which was actually open. Stepping inside, the first thing that we noticed was the overwhelming scent of laurel, a well known symbol of the resurgent Cathar faith, which had been reverently laid out on all the various altars. There was only one depiction of Christ in the church which seemed to be dedicated to Mary, or more likely Stella Maris, our lady of the seas. The presence that it gave off was overwhelmingly feminine. We walked straight up to the end altar, which dominated the far side of the building. To our complete surprise a plaque of the grail cup did indeed hang over each door on either side of the altar and next to that, by a couple of stained glass windows in which the faces had been strategically whitened out, were two more plaques portraying the lamb resting on the book of the seven seals. We couldn’t help but notice how the mountain illustrated in the background of the plaque bore more than a slight resemblance to Bugarach, itself. We tried the doors, and had a go at rummaging around the altar, but found nothing else open or hidden in that area

 

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Bugarach villages in claim survived the apocalypse 2012

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Bugarach villages in claim survived the apocalypse 2012

A forecast for heretical groups say that the end will come on December 12, 2012, there was only one place in France that had escaped destruction. As a result, now this place is selling well so coveted the property buyers across the country.

This place is a village famous for its peak Bugarach Pic de Bugarach, mysterious place for the followers of cult. Peak height of 1230 meters this store a variety of mystical tales to be said as his ship berths aliens.

Reporting from the French daily Le Figaro, Wednesday, June 22, 2011, due to the story of salvation from the wrath of this place the end of time, selling a house here sells. “There are 15 homes for sale. Bugarach I’ve been mayor for 34 years and never experienced this before ” said the mayor of this small village, Jean Pierre Delord.

Delord said every day there are only asking for information about land in the village. Many also ask how the capacity of the village and whether there is food to survive. Delord said many of those who want to rent a house on 12 December 2012.

“We always said no ” said a woman selling sausages.

Delord said the village has the now become overcrowded due to the many people who come. Most of them are followers of sects beliefs, fanatical aliens, and new age cults. They often hold workshops and meditation are united with the cosmos at the venue.

As many as 10,000 people climb the peak Bugarach last year and increased rapidly this year. Delord says that until July was 20,000 people who climb. Hectic now increasingly worried that village, Delord fear is among tens of thousands of people there are adherents of a dangerous sect.

To keep the village from the things that are not desirable, Delord has contacted the council in Paris, police and Miviludes, a government agency to oversee the flow of beliefs and sects. Babysitting will be tightened, especially before the big day, said to be the end of time.

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Bugarach: The French City That Will Survive the Apocalypse ...

Bugarach: The French City That Will Survive the Apocalypse ... | Bugarach | Scoop.it
On this rainy spring morning,the Pic de Bugarach in southern France is completely shrouded in mist. But though the peak,at 4,000 ft.,is invisible today,its rugged outline is known all over the world. Hundreds of websites are claiming that after an apocalypse on December 21,2012,only the small village of Bugarach,at the foot of this rocky citadel,will be left standing.

Apart from the free publicity,one of the first effects of the end-of-the-world prediction was a boost to the village’s real estate market. “Fifteen houses are currently for sale. I have been mayor of Bugarach for 34 years,and I have never seen this before,”says Jean-Pierre Delord. The prices asked are four to five times higher than usual.

Not a day goes by without someone asking for information about Bugarach,located in the county of Aude,and about its capacities for accommodation and supplies. “Everyone knows that there might be snow and freezing temperatures in December,and that sleeping bags might not suffice. So people call us to rent rooms and ask us to stock food for them for the last two weeks of 2012,”says a local saleswoman from behind her stall filled with foie gras and sausages. “We always tell them no,”she says,visibly exasperated by all the “lies”circulating on the Internet.

The mayor of Bugarach is also worried about this planetary publicity,which has been attracting more than the usual number of esoteric-workshop organizers (who charge exorbitant prices),therapists of all types,survivalists counting down the days left to go,and New Age followers meditating to connect to the cosmos. Some of them stay in the youth hostel owned by Sigrid. Originally from Paris,she rather approves of the groups who discuss mysterious matters behind the closed doors of the conference room she provides. “They are very nice,calm clients. I have never had any problems with them,”she says.

Dressed in white,these peculiar tourists can be seen strolling around the town or taking refuge in the nearby caves for long contemplative retreats. Some of them gather in supposedly magical sites,and others attempt to climb the Pic de Bugarach. The automatic counters installed in the mountains are showing record numbers of hikers:10,000 last year,and an estimated 20,000 this year. In some cases,lack of training has proved lethal. Two weeks ago,one of these hikers reached the peak only to succumb to a heart attack. “The end of the world came earlier for him,”says the mayor with a touch of irony.

But Delord does not hide his concern about the possible consequences of his town’s extraordinary renown. Several months ago,he contacted the Council,the police and Miviludes (the Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances),a French government agency that monitors potentially dangerous sects. The town is under guard.

This is because the apocalyptic prediction is only the latest in a long line of crazy theories about Bugarach. “This place is bubbling with activity!”admits the mayor. It seems there are a hundred reasons to come to this town in the middle of nowhere. Ufologists often visit,convinced that the peak is a garage for UFOs. None has ever sighted a vessel here,but believers say this makes sense because they travel so fast. Other visitors are eager to benefit from the magnetic waves emitted by the “magic mountain,”and find its “vortex,”or the secret passage towards a lost civilization. And yet others come looking for a treasure that an abbot is supposed to have hidden more than a hundred years ago.

Around a year ago,yurts started springing up in the middle of the forest,inhabited by tree huggers wanting to go back to a more community-based way of life through Indian singing and nonviolent communication. They don’t think that the end of the world is near …just the end of our world as we know it. Hippie clothes and dreadlocks now mix with perfectly white togas. But Bugarach is also attracting nature lovers who simply come to enjoy the great outdoors,and they have accessories of their own:backpacks and hiking boots.

By Angélique Négroni / Le Figaro / Worldcrunch
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The French Town Of Bugarach Gets Ready To Survive The End Of The World

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Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

 

BUGARACH, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 24: The mayor of Bugarach, Jean Pierre Delord, poses with a postcard showing 'Ufo' in front of the village.

 

Some are claiming the village of Bugarach will be the only surviving settlement following a devastating apocalypse in December 2012, on November 24, 2011 in Bugarach, France. Although free publicity has boosted the housing market in the village, the Mayor is concerned about the worldwide publicity and the increased volume of people it might attract to the village and it's mountain, Pic de Bugarach. 

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Bugarach located in Bugarach, France

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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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Doomsday Village of Bugarach » THE END OF WORLD 2012

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

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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.

 

UFOs

 

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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For End of the World, a French Peak Holds Allure

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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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Bugarach off! Village at threat from apocalypse sects

Bugarach off! Village at threat from apocalypse sects | Bugarach | Scoop.it
The tiny southern French hamlet of Bugarach is at the mercy of scams from droves of visitors who believe it is the only place in the world that will survive a 2012 apocalypse.
A French government watchdog, which monitors sects, said the picturesque village should be monitored until December 21, 2012, when many believe the world will end, according to an ancient Mayan prophecy.
Surrounded in legend for centuries, Bugarach and its rocky outcrop, the Pic de Bugarach, have attracted an influx of New Age visitors in recent months, pushing up property prices but also raising the threat of financial scams and psychological manipulation, the watchdog, known as Miviludes, said in a report published this week.

"I think we need to be careful. We shouldn't get paranoid, but when you see what happened at Waco in the United States, we know this kind of thinking can influence vulnerable people," the watchdog's president Georges Fenech said.
Waco, Texas, made headlines in 1993 when federal agents raided the headquarters of the Branch Davidian movement, led by David Koresh, leading to a 50-day siege.
The building was burnt down when agents eventually tried to force their way in, leaving about 80 people dead.

 

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Bugarach, with a population of just 200, has long been considered magical, partly due to what locals claim is an "upside-down mountain" where the top layers of rock are older than the lower ones.
The internet is awash with myths about the place - that the mountain is surrounded by a magnetic force, that it is the site of a concealed alien base, or even that it contains an underground access to another world.
And now many have seized on it as the ultimate refuge with Doomsday rapidly approaching.
Alerted to an influx of visitors by the mayor of Bugarach, Fenech said he recently visited the area, and found six settlements in the surrounding countryside set up by members of the American Ramtha School of Enlightenment.
Other "gurus" and messianic groups have been organising fee-paying conferences at local hotels, Fenech said. "This is big business," he said.
Aside from the risks in Bugarach, the Miviludes report also warned of the danger of increased activity by apocalyptic groups across France in the run-up to 2012, particularly in the wake of recent disasters that could be interpreted as omens.
Climate and environmental fears, anxiety over pandemics after the 2009 swine flu outbreak, and the earthquake disaster in Japan are all reinforcing the idea of the Mayan calendar, Fenech said.
Among the groups highlighted in the report, the Ramtha movement is said to be focusing on south-western France to spread its message, the report said.
Founded by J.Z. Knight, the group claims to follow the mystic teachings of Ramtha, a Lemurean warrior who fought the residents of the mythical Atlantis 35,000 years ago, and is said to have discovered the secret of immortality.
Other groups being watched include the Raelians, founded by a former sports-car journalist who claims to have had repeated encounters with aliens.
The report says its aim is not to stigmatise movements but to inform the public about "groups or individuals whose doctrine or discourse follows an 'end-of-world' theory".
A law was passed in France in 2001 making it an offence to abuse vulnerable people using heavy pressure techniques, meaning sects can be outlawed if there is evidence of fraud or abuse.
American televangelist Harold Camping predicted the end of the world on May 21 this year. However, the date passed uneventfully. Camping revised his prophecy and now says that Judgment Day will come on October 21.
Reuters

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À Bugarach, village de l'Aude pris d'assaut par les illuminés

À Bugarach, village de l'Aude pris d'assaut par les illuminés | Bugarach | Scoop.it
REPORTAGE - Selon une prédiction, cette paisible bourgade du Sud de la France serait la seule à survivre à l'Apocalypse. Les visiteurs en tous genres y affluent et les réservations pour la dernière quinzaine de décembre 2012 ont déjà commencé.

En cette matinée pluvieuse, le pic de Bugarach dans l'Aude est dans le brouillard. Mais cette petite montagne qui domine un village de 200 habitants et qui culmine à 1 230 mètres n'a plus besoin de se montrer. Elle est aujourd'hui mondialement connue par le biais de centaines de sites sur le Net. Selon la prédiction qui fait rage sur la Toile, c'est au pied de cette citadelle de calcaire que le monde sera épargné. Après l'Apocalypse du 21 décembre 2012, seule Bugarach survivra. Une sacrée bonne nouvelle qui a pour conséquence aujourd'hui de doper l'activité immobilière de la commune. «Quinze maisons sont à vendre. Depuis trente-quatre ans que je suis maire, je n'ai jamais vu ça», raconte l'édile Jean-Pierre Delord. Tarif demandé : trois à quatre fois plus cher que les prix habituellement pratiqués. La pierre devient une bonne affaire.

Il ne se passe pas un jour, sans qu'on se renseigne d'ailleurs sur Bugarach, ses capacités d'hébergement et d'approvisionnement. «Tout le monde a compris qu'en décembre, on ne peut ici se contenter d'un sac de couchage, car il peut y avoir de la neige et du verglas. Alors on nous appelle pour louer des chambres et réserver des stocks de nourriture pour la dernière quinzaine de décembre 2012», raconte derrière son comptoir, garni de foie gras et de saucissons, la commerçante de la ferme de Janou. «On refuse tout», tranche-t-elle, levant les yeux au ciel en évoquant «toutes ces salades» sur le Net.

Des yourtes en pleine forêt

Bugarach. Crédits photo : NANDA GONZAGUE/The New York Times-REDUX-REA/NANDA GONZAGUE/NYT-REDUX-REA

De son côté, le maire s'inquiète de cette publicité planétaire qui attire, plus que d'ordinaire, des organisateurs de stages ésotériques (à des prix exorbitants), des thérapeutes en tous genres, des survivalistes qui comptent désormais leurs jours ou encore des adeptes du new age en quête de méditation cosmo-sidérale. Certains d'entre eux vont séjourner dans le gîte d'étape du village, tenu par Sigrid. Originaire de la région parisienne, cette dernière porte un regard bienveillant sur ces groupes devisant durant des heures dans la salle de réunion qu'elle met à leur disposition. «C'est une clientèle très plaisante, très calme. Il n'y a jamais de problème avec eux», dit-elle.

Tout de blanc vêtu, ce petit monde déambule aussi dans les rues du village, se réfugie dans des grottes pour des longues retraites contemplatives, se blottit dans des lieux prétendument magiques et se lance dans l'ascension du pic. Les compteurs installés sur l'un des flancs de la montagne pour calculer le nombre de randonneurs affichent des données jamais égalées. 10.000 l'an passé. Cette année, les chiffres vont doubler. Mais parfois, l'entraînement fait défaut. Il y a quinze jours, ce fut pour l'un de ces grimpeurs une montée sans descente. Foudroyé au sommet par une crise cardiaque. «La fin du monde avait juste sonné un peu plus tôt pour lui», glisse le maire, un rien facétieux et qui ne peut s'empêcher une pointe d'ironie malgré une situation préoccupante. Depuis plusieurs mois déjà, ce dernier a alerté la Miviludes, le préfet et les gendarmes. Le village est désormais sous bonne garde.

Cette prédiction frappant aujourd'hui Bugarach ne doit rien au hasard. Depuis des dizaines d'années, le village est habitué à bien des loufoqueries. «Ici ça bouillonne dans tous les coins !», reconnaît le maire. Il y a en effet mille raisons d'atterrir dans ce village situé au milieu de nulle part. Pénétrés d'études ufologiques, les uns y viennent, persuadés que le pic est un garage à ovni. Personne n'a jamais vu un seul de ces engins mais c'est normal, dit-on, en raison de leur vitesse ! D'autres veulent profiter des ondes magnétiques de la «montagne sacrée» et y découvrir son «vortex», le passage pour accéder à une civilisation disparue. D'autres encore viennent à la recherche d'un prétendu trésor qu'un abbé aurait caché il y a plus de cent ans.

Depuis un an aussi, des yourtes ont fait irruption en pleine forêt, occupées par des «écolos» qui, sur fond de chants indiens et de communication non violente, renouent avec la vie communautaire. Mais ceux-là ne croient pas à la fin du monde… juste à la fin de notre monde ! La tenue hippie et les dreadlocks côtoient désormais la toge blanche immaculée. Mais il y a aussi les amoureux de la nature qui viennent plus prosaïquement pour le plaisir de la marche et qui imposent une autre tenue : sac à dos et grosses chaussures…

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