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As it says, translating from the back-label: "Inspired by the oldest legends, this Bugarach wine should survive the end of the world and help you get in touch with extraterrestrials. This wine will be at its peak in December 2012..."
Cue Edge style guitar strumming... remember the U2 song used for the soundtrack of that early-90s arty apocalyptic Wim Wenders movie? Well, I like a man with a sense of humour, and it makes a refreshing change to come across this Roussillon red in the cluttered wine world. As it says, translating from the back-label: "Inspired by the oldest legends, this Bugarach wine should survive the end of the world and help you get in touch with extraterrestrials. This wine will be at its peak in December 2012..." He's called Jean Pla (pic.) and is probably best known for the "resto-cave" he and his wife used to own in Maury, Le Pichenouille, which he sold this year to focus on his wine broking / making activities. I remember someone also once called him "the Godfather of Maury," with respek.
Cuvée Bugarach 2010 vin de pays des Côtes Catalanes, Jean Pla Sélection (Grenache, 14.5% alc); subtitled as "S'il n'en reste qu'un, je serais celui-la" = "If there's only one left, I'd be this one."
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.
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.
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.
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 village of Bugarach, population 189, is situated 24 miles southwest of Carcassonne in the Aude department, southwestern France.
The Telegraph :
The farming village is in the region of the Cathar castles, situated on spectacular rocky outcrops. Regarded as heretics by the Catholic Church, Cathars sought refuge in these castles in the 13th century when Pope Innocent III launched a full scale crusade against them.
Nostradamus, the French apothecary from Provence, is said to have stayed in the area and found the "vibrations" of Bugarach to be positive.
[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.
Production : Olivier Chaumelle
Thème(s) : Information| Société| Bugarach| fin du monde| mythe
Le site internet de Bugarach :
Mon pari de 2012 :
En attendant, le jour J tant redouté, un arrêté municipal interdit l'accès au pic de Bugarach pendant tout le mois de décembre.
Un dispositif de sécurisation a été mis en place par la Préfecture de l'Aude :
[Note du Curateur] A Burarach, quand la Municipalité a un but, on imagine toujours l'équipe Delord en blanc !
Bizarre non ?
Par contre, comme l'avenir y est assuré, il est normal que l'on y investisse dans la pierre.
D'ailleurs, qu'en pensent là-bas tous les Gens ? : "Pierre, de l'or !"
Et ce n'est pas Monsieur* le Maire qui nous contredira.
* Jean-Pierre Delord
Finalement, le Monde entier en a été le témoin, le village de Bugarach a bien survécu à l'Apocalypse... médiatique.
Il n'a perdu que sa carte d'identité http://sco.lt/8RM0dV
, je propose donc qu'on le rebaptise en "BuzzGarage".
Jacques Le Bris's insight:
Je décerne le titre de Buzzmeister à Monsieur le Maire qui a fait connaître son village au Monde entier suite à cet article http://sco.lt/7NYd1t
On trouve depuis toute une série d'articles sur le sujet :
Il a aussi mis en évidence comment la presse internationale réussit à créer un buzz à propos de tout et surtout de rien.
L'état de l'art du journalisme est donc devenu : Faire monter la mayonnaise sans biscuit.
Le verbe "bougaracher" est un néologisme qui veut dire : faire un buzz à propos d'un non évènement.
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.
Sounds ridiculous, right?
A special parliamentary committee has warned that sects may be considering mass suicides in 2012, on French territory.
Their shutters are tightly shut to keep out both the searing heat, and pesky reporters asking questions about UFOs.
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.
We hope that the most people coming In the Doomsday Village of Bugarach will know what he can expect.
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’.”
A mayor in France frustrated and asked for military assistance to repel the UFO hunters who kept coming into its territory PICTURESQUE BUGARACH.
However, in recent months, settlers disturbed the peace of the residents who believe the foot of the mountain Pic de Bugarach, whose height 4,000 feet, is a hive of aliens.
When a north breeze dissipates a haze upon tip of a Corbières, emerges, stately as well as secret, a impiety of Bugarach. The crawl poise a vegetable initial riddle: because do we verbalise of a “inverted plateau “? And even when a object luminous radiance full flanks of limestone, an aura of poser still hangs in a blue sky of a Aude.
“ Bug ” , such as internal call it, has not accomplished sketch attention. It is called “sacred mountain” . They contend it emanates a singular energy, absolute as well as unifying. It would be a single of “chakras” a “Mother Earth” , that “vibratory rate” volume some-more any year. They additionally contend it would residence an subterraneous bottom for UFOs. Humans improvising “mediums” explain to have come in to hit with a aliens who have invested (not us, shame). Finally, a little disagree that it would be a single of a integrate of places where land group would tarry a finish of a world, that likely by a Mayan calendar, that ends Dec 21, 2012.
short, simply sort “ Bugarach ” upon a poke engine to find a enigmatic heated wake up stirred by a tip rise in a Corbières. Culminating during 1231 m, a Bug as well as crystallizes all fantasies. Already in a open solstice, Mar 21, hikers intrigued asked us in their path: “Did we notice something strange?” . The summer solstice additionally attracts a share of extraordinary as well as fauna brand new age . “Marches in conscience” , “walking initiation” , initiatives freshness … for those who can means it.
he captivate of Pic is growing, to a discomfit of a mayor of Bugarach as well as many residents, who fright not being means to carry out a liquid of visitors in Dec 2012. Rommie, owners of a desirable cottages of a Presbytery with her husband, Sander, does provoke anyone. “Most business come to nature, to a Cathar castles. From time to time, a little come for energy, for Bugarach. we similar to starting up for a great view. But about energy, we do not know “.
a initial riddle, a answer is simple: by image tectonics, limestone strata comparison than 135 million years have arisen over precision in in between fifteen million years, reversing a sequence of a geological layers. Otherwise, it is insincere that a geographical upon all sides of a rise has catalyzed a visionary currents already during work in a area.
Who has not dreamed, in fact, a value of a Abbé Saunière, a clergyman mysteriously enriched after starting work in his church in Rennes-le-Château, a integrate of miles from there? (To visit!) Who did not let his aptitude ramble to follow a query of a final Cathars, a preferred as well as undiluted retreat upon a tops of breezy Corbières? (Surveying a busted castles in tall winds is a singular experience!)
At a tip of a peak. RICHARD DAVID
No need nonetheless
OR STAY (...)
Pic de Bugarach...is there a 2012 story in this area of France ???
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.
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....
Que va-t-il se passer aujourd'hui 11 novembre 2011, autrement dit le 11/11/11 ? Les superstitieux de tous poils et autres paranoïaques à l'esprit encombré de symboles secrets vont être dans leurs petits souliers.
Cette suite de nombres va-t-elle provoquer une catastrophe, porter chance ou, plus certainement, être un jour comme les autres ? Sur Internet, les avis divergent.
Perturbés, les chantres de la Méthode Holistique préviennent : « Le 11 novembre 2011 à 11h11 GMT, nous nous rassemblerons en un seul cœur, une seule âme, une seule pensée profondément aimante... »
Comique, le programme de Florian Gazan, animateur radio qui annonce via Twitter : « Le 11-11-11 à 11h11 et 11 secondes, j'ai prévu de lire 11% de la page 11 du magazine Onze. Histoire de voir ce qu'il va se passer... »
Opportuniste, la loterie espagnole, la Once, a lancé une loterie avec… 11 millions d'euros à la clé pour le ticket gagnant.
Pas concernés, les Musulmans sont en l'an 1432, les Chinois dans le cycle 78 de l'année du Lapin et les Égyptiens le 25 phamenoth 2760.
Partout des signes, des symboles, des prédictions mais nulle part l'évidence : le 11, c'est aussi le département de l'Aude.
Et personne pour faire un lien avec Bugarach et Rennes-le-Château !
Et si le 11/11/11 à 11 h 11 seuls les Audois s'en tiraient ? Je ne suis pas spécialement crédule, mais ce vendredi étant férié, je vais en profiter pour aller revoir quelques amis carcassonnais et chauriens. On ne sait jamais...
A mountain near Rennes-le-Château is becoming a focal point for unwanted 2012 hype. But the true mysteries and enigmas of Bugarach are fare more interesting, with a real-life Indiana Jones character who dug for the Ark of the Covenant!
On December 21, 2010, the English newspaper “The Daily Telegraph” drew attention to the tiny French village of Bugarach, population 200, and the saga of the end of the Mayan calendar which will occur on December 21, 2012.
The mayor of Bugarach, Jean-Pierre Delord, announced that his tiny village was becoming a refuge for “esoterics” who believed that the village played an important role in the 2012 scenario, maybe as a place of salvation, or where the apocalypse might be played out, where alien beings might intervene or even rescue those present. He and the locals were unhappy with this development, which was upsetting the villagers’ tranquillity. As France has a sad past of cults committing mass suicide, Delord felt people should hear his warning that these “esoterics” might do something similar in the near future.
Bugarach is indeed a tiny village, sitting in the shadow of the “Pic de Bugarach”, rising 1230 metres above sea-level and the highest mountain in the Corbières region – though dwarfed by the Pyrenees that rise to the south. The earliest recorded mention of the mountain was as Burgaragio in 889 AD, which is also known as Pech de Thauze. From a geological perspective, Bugarach is an oddity, an “upside down mountain”, as its tops layers are millions of years older than the lower strata. It is as if someone shot the mountain in the air, flipped it around, and then it landed again.
The story of Bugarach and 2012 was picked up and expanded by “The New York Times” in their January 31, 2011 edition, making it a story that brought it to the attention of the world’s media.
But despite Bugarach’s recent somewhat-fame, it will no doubt always play second fiddle to the nearby village of Rennes-le-Château, which went on to inspire so many, including the likes of Dan Brown, who wrote “The Da Vinci Code”. Indeed, the man who put Rennes-le-Château on the map, Noël Corbu, lived in Bugarach when he learned of the estate of the enigmatic priest Bérenger Saunière. He sold his home in Bugarach and moved his family to the nearby village, where he began to promote the mystery of the “billion dollar priest”.
But whereas there might be people who protect the enigma of Bugarach – for no-one really knows why it has been labelled a sacred mountain for centuries – there is the enigmatic story of a man who came to Bugarach to uncover its secrets, meeting his death while doing so.
Bettex was able to find one of the entrances listed in the account, but found it was blocked. He re-opened it, to find that it led to a peaceful underground river, which was deep, but possible to navigate. He also found that there was a type of quay or landing, in an L-shape, which suggested that this was not the result of a geological event, but was manmade – purposefully built. But by whom, when and for what? Those were questions he could not answer.
Daniel Bettex took a long time to decide where precisely he would carry out his major excavation. Once he had done so, he made sure that he could work in all solitude, undisturbed by tourists or locals who became more and more interested in him. But throughout, he kept Lucienne Julien informed of his progress; she meticulously retained all correspondence.
In 1988, everything accelerated. He told Julien that it would take him a few more months of work, but that his research had also made it clear that it would lead to a fabulous deposit, exceeding anything that she or anyone could imagine… it would be an amazing revelation. Bettex was normally calm and methodical, true to the Swiss stereotype, but now he was excited if not manic. He next visited Julien, to tell her that he was almost at the end of his research. At most, four or five days separated him from reaching his final goal. He told her that within the week he would be back, carrying with him part of the treasure. “You will be immensely rich!” But instead, three days later, Julien learned that Bettex had been found dead in Bugarach.
Bettex’s death definitely triggered a reaction from the authorities. Lucienne Julien planned, several months after Bettex’s death, to continue his work on site, using members of her Cathar research organisation. She informed the Ministry of Culture of her intentions, as Bettex before had informed them of his. She had to resend her application several times, before she received a reply, which stated that it was out of the question that such research was to be carried out. She would afterwards learn that rubble and concrete had been cast inside the basement of the castle, in order to block any possible cavity forever. Another location in the village was subjected to a similar fate. But as the cement settled, the question rose whether Bettex only found death, or something else in Bugarach. Could an accidental death have such repercussions that the authorities decided to concrete the place over? France has never been the Mecca of health and safety regulations, and the circumstances of Bettex’s death were nebulous enough not to imply that the precarious state of the castle had caused his death.
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:
CNN has just reported 2012 Aliens are said to be residing Inside a Bugarach France Mountain. Bugarach has a population 189. The claim is ancient lost civilizations of Lemuria & Atlantis are from here. At times UFOs fill the sky above this area. This local mountain allegedly hides a gateway to aliens who sail aquatic able spaceships on a vast interior mountain lake.
Bugarach on the way up...
by: rose marie
August 30, 2011
Today’s blog is once more about the “famous” mount Bugarach.
By now, in almost every newspaper or magazine, articles about this mountain have been published and what is it that makes this mountain so special?
First of all, it has a certain energy that is quite noticeable when being in the neighborhood. It looks magnificent in its’ surroundings because of being alone-standing.
It has a grandeur to it because of the many rock formations and of the striking feature of its flattened top which according to some, resembles a face of a person lying down.
But these days Bugarach is “made” famous because of the stories around and about 2012; instigating that this spot might be a special spot when things will start to disintegrate, or so they say.
From that vintage point it would be a nice thought to find out what these “relief seekers” are looking for: we all know that what is needed to get through to the next level (Aquarius?) is knowledge and understanding about ourselves: our motivations, our drives, our urges and desires etc. So rather then looking for the Bugarach outside we might as well look for our own Bugarach inside our personal environment and inside ourselves. We have special energy spots, we have places where we connect easily and others where connection seems so hard to make and maintain.
Taking time out to visit our personal Bugarach would be good preparation for the turbulent times that have begun to come over us…..
Mystery and suspense currently surround the village of Bugarach. Situated 75 kilometres from the Mediterranean and 110 from the Spanish border, it lies at 460m above sea level but is completely overshadowed by the Pic de Bugarach, a mountain in the foothills of the Pyrenees, which rises to 1230m. The first mystery is the weather and its vagaries. Roussillon is the hottest and driest region of France but in the week we were there in early June, there was some sun but in general it was cool and overcast, and it rained heavily on some days. We even lit the fire on the one day we stayed at home … which was cosy and comforting, but not really what one expects. But it is the human beings who really complicate things. One set of mysteries is the latest gossip in the village among the expats and the locals. Further, completely inexplicable ones are put about by those who believe that 2012 will see the aliens landing on the mountain or being released from their home within it. And some of us thought next year was going to be dominated by the Olympics!
As you can see, this is a spectacular landscape, by turns majestic, rural or domestic. The villages are inhabited by a mixture of local people, French second-home owners and a positive pot-pourri of expatriates attracted by the life style, the inexpensive and decent quality wine, the arts and the mystic fringe. Others will relate immediately to the wild life, especially the raptors, or the remnants of former times – whether the Cathar castles or, as in the picture below, the Roman aqueduct below Antignan, which still carries water from one side of the valley to the other.
Needless to say, Janet’s and my reason to be here was at least in part wine-related. We had a long-standing invitation to stay with a member of Andover Wine Friends who has a house in Bugarach. This was a great offer and enabled us to get a really good insight into the wine scene in Roussillon and the most southerly parts of Languedoc. Wine has been made here since at least Roman times and the climate is excellent for robust and characterful reds, decent whites, some sparkling wine from one area, as well as the style which is said to be have been invented here, the vin doux naturels, These are alcoholic wines, mostly drunk before or after a meal, sweet but not overly so, capable of developing over many, many years. The last twenty five years of so has seen a new direction for the region, away from its role solely as the provider of inexpensive wines of colour and substance. In the past these provided blending material to improve wines from cooler, more northerly areas or just cheap quaffing wines. Roussillon can still provide inexpensive everyday wines but now, with the advent of private wineries and inward investment, also wines at medium to high quality levels. It is a fantastic zone to visit – even without the prospect of alien invasions. The main articles from our visit will appear in the next few weeks on the French regions pages of this website.
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."