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A Happy (Mayan) New Year One and All « French News Online ...

A Happy (Mayan) New Year One and All « French News Online ... | Bugarach | Scoop.it
As the New Year dawns, the forces of the Mayan “apocalypse” gather in Cathar country, New-Agers set-up shop in Toulouse — ironically France’s aerospace capital — and end-of-the-worlders prepare … but a Guatemalan may have spiked their guns.


For more than two Christmases stories have poured out of the global media and thousands of Internet forums, suggesting that the rocky Bugarach peak in the Corbières Mountains, will be the only safe place on earth when, reportedly, and according to the Mayan calendar, the world ends on 21 December 2012.

But now a Guatemalan-born Mayan ‘expert ‘ has surfaced to drive a stake through the heart of what is fast becoming a lucrative millennium myth … and the cause of some concern to the 189 residents of this peaceful farming village nestling at the foot of the Pic de Bugarach in south-western Aude region, that has never before been so much in the global spotlight.

Indeed, says one report, virtually everyone in the village, from local goatherd, to a one-man estate agency, has been quoted endlessly, vacuously and seemingly incessantly in media as far apart as Washington, Tokyo, Helsinki, Toronto, and Johannesburg, since the story about what locals call the zozotériques first hit the headlines.


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What Mayan calendar, Ramtha and French Village Bugarach Have In Common?

What Mayan calendar, Ramtha and French Village Bugarach Have In Common? | Bugarach | Scoop.it

via ca.news.yahoo.com : The End Of The World Apparently


The tiny southern French hamlet of Bugarach has drawn scrutiny from a government sect watchdog over droves of visitors who believe it is the only place in the world that will survive a 2012 Apocalypse ...

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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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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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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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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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Picturesque Bugarach : the Village of Alien nest

Picturesque Bugarach : the Village of Alien nest | Bugarach | Scoop.it

A mayor in France frustrated and asked for military assistance to repel the UFO hunters who kept coming into its territory PICTURESQUE BUGARACH.
Not only that, he was also upset to face the influx of people who believe the region one of the few areas on Earth that will survive the apocalypse.
Picturesque Bugarach in the Aude region in southern France. A small, peaceful village inhabited only 189 people.


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.
Rumors circulated that the aliens settled in a location beneath the mountain, waiting for the end of the world, and save some lucky person. Some also considered the mountain is sacred and will be spared from the devastation on December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar.
“If suddenly 10,000 people are coming tomorrow, villagers are less than 200 people would be overwhelmed,” said Jean-Pierre Delord as published the Daily Mail, Wednesday, December 22, 2010.
“I have informed the authorities and we want the army to be handling it. If necessary, the military came here in December 2012.
“According to him, the population increased anxiety when I discovered a site in the United States to sell tickets to Bugarach.” They do business, organize the people for religious tourism, pray, and meditate here, “he said.
Told Delord, people started coming to the area when a local resident reported UFO sightings. “He claimed to see aliens and hear the hum of their aircraft under the mountain.
“The rumors are strengthened allegations that the French astrologer, Nostradamus once lived in the region in the 16th century. Also the issue of discovery of a mysterious Nazi excavation there.

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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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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.


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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.




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.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/strangebuttrue/bugarach-off-village-at-threat-from-apocalypse-sects-20110617-1g6sh.html#ixzz1cFfubV6c

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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.

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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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Mt Bugarach South West France UFO Base

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I would like to know your opinion on this subject it has been said that it is the only place that will survive in December 2012. It has been said that in December 2012 the mountain will open and a space ship which has been buried for thousands of years will come out to save the planet. There has always been a lot of UFO activity in this area and a lot of organisations have been investigating here from the French secret service the Vatican and even the Mossad makes you wonder if they know something we dont. I live a few KMs away from Bugarach I have seen a UFO whilst staying the night on the mountain Not to mention the 15 or more UFOs I have seen in 2011 , 3 captured on film by accident whilst I was filming a French military plane flying over my house. There is something very special about this area there has been sightings in the 1970s of a ufo stationary in a village about 100 metres off the ground and about 300 metres in length .

Another one landed about a 1Km from the first sighting this one landed and left a visible mark on the ground that stayed for over for over 20 years .

If anyone else has more information on this subject please let me know...............

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The 2012 phenomenon - Times of India

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By now, everyone has argued and debated over the world coming to an end in 2012 according to the Mayan calendar.

There are many other theories. We are not saying we believe them. But it is sure interesting to know what's out there. Read on if you are intrigued...

Mera gaon...: In 2000, the small French village of Bugarach, (population of 189) began receiving visits from esoterics who reason that the local mountain, Pic de Bugarach, is the ideal location to weather the transformative events of 2012. The local mayor, voiced fears to the international press that the small town would be overwhelmed by an influx of thousands of visitors in 2012, even suggesting he may call in the army.

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The French Town Of Bugarach Gets Ready To Survive The End Of The World

The French Town Of Bugarach Gets Ready To Survive The End Of The World | Bugarach | Scoop.it

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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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2012 Aliens Inside Bugarach France Mountain

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.

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Bugarach hillside

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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…..

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Mysterious Bugarach

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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.

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In the Corbières, the Pech de Bugarach, top of the? Strange

In the Corbières, the Pech de Bugarach, top of the? Strange | Bugarach | Scoop.it
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

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enigmatic beam to entrance a tip of a peak, that is value a glance, even a many Ampoules led pragmatic. A label or phone call to a House of Nature will do. The trail many Ampoules led taken from a neck of a Linas, 6 km from Bugarach. In reduction than dual hours, we have been right away during a top, considering a Pyrenees as well as a Mediterranean Sea. The approach called “the window” sneaks nearby a hole in a stone face. More air, permitted to great walkers, it takes dual hours from a pour out of Mathieux. The adore of upon foot will do a complete double back from a village. Between 6 as well as 7 hours, together with breaks. The event for a great travel in in between sky as well as earth.

Carole Rap


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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 ???




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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French village which will 'survive 2012 Armageddon' plagued by visitors

French village which will 'survive 2012 Armageddon' plagued by visitors | Bugarach | Scoop.it

The mayor of Bugarach, Jean-Pierre Delord stands on the outskirts of the village


The Telegraph :


The mayor of a picturesque French village has threatened to call in the army to seal it off from a tide of New Age fanatics and UFO watchers, who are convinced it is the only place on Earth to be spared Armageddon in 2012.



By Henry Samuel, Paris 5:00PM GMT 21 Dec 2010

Bugarach, population 189, is a peaceful farming village in the Aude region, southwestern France and sits at the foot of the Pic de Bugarach, the highest mountain in the Corbières wine-growing area.
But in the past few months, the quiet village has been inundated by groups of esoteric outsiders who believe the peak is an "alien garage".
According to them, extraterrestrials are quietly waiting in a massive cavity beneath the rock for the world to end, at which point they will leave, taking, it is hoped, a lucky few humans with them.
Most believe Armageddon will take place on December 21, 2012, the end date of the ancient Maya calendar, at which point they predict human civilisation will come to an end. Another favourite date mentioned is 12, December, 2012. They see Bugarach as one of perhaps several "sacred mountains" sheltered from the cataclysm.
"This is no laughing matter," Jean-Pierre Delord, the mayor, told The Daily Telegraph.


"If tomorrow 10,000 people turn up, as a village of 200 people we will not be able to cope. I have informed the regional authorities of our concerns and want the army to be at hand if necessary come December 2012."
Mr Delord said people had been coming to the village for the past 10 years or so in search of alien life following a post in an UFO review by a local man, who has since died. "He claimed he had seen aliens and heard the humming of their spacecraft under the mountain," he said.
The internet abounds with tales of the late President François Mitterrand being curiously heliported on to the peak, of mysterious digs conducted by the Nazis and later Mossad, the Israeli secret services.
A visit to Bugarach is said to have inspired Steven Spielberg in his film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind – although the actual mountain he used is Devil's Tower in Wyoming. It is also where Jules Verne found the entrance and the inspiration for A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Recently, however, interest in the site had skyrocketed, said the mayor, with online UFO websites, many in the US, advising people to seek shelter in Bugarach as the countdown to Armageddon commences.
"Many come and pray on the mountainside. I've even seen one man doing some ritual totally nude up there," said Mr Delord.
Sigrid Benard, who runs the Maison de la Nature guesthouse, said UFO tourists were taking over. "At first, my clientele was 72 per cent ramblers. Today, I have 68 per cent 'esoteric visitors'," he said.
Several "Ufologists" have bought up properties in the small hamlet of Le Linas, in the mountain's shadow for "extortionate" prices, and locals have complained they are being priced out of the market. Strange sect-like courses are held for up to €800 a week. "For this price, you are introduced to a guru, made to go on a procession, offered a christening and other rubbish, all payable in cash," said Mr Delord.
Valerie Austin, a retired Briton from Newcastle who settled in Bugarach 22 years ago who said the alien watchers were spoiling the village atmosphere.
"You can't go for a peaceful walk anymore. It's a beautiful area, but now you find people chanting lying around meditating. Everybody has the right to their own beliefs, but the place no longer feels like ours." She said alien watchers planted strange objects on the mountainside.
Recently she found a black virgin statuette cemented to the rock face.
Although she described the alien claims as "total rubbish", she said there was nevertheless something special about the place.
"It has a magnetic force in the scientific sense of the word. 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, she said.

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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 ...

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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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