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Un an après la "fin du monde", Bugarach a repris "sa vie calme"

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Près d'un an jour pour jour après la "fin du monde" annoncée, le village audois de Bugrarach a repris "sa vie calme", alors que le compte à rebours de la prochaine apocalypse a déjà commencé.

Le 21 décembre 2012, Bugarach était sur le pied de guerre, attendant une foule d'illuminés pensant que le village niché dans les Corbières était un des seuls endroits sur Terre qui échapperait à la fin des temps. Des dizaines de gendarmes quadrillaient le secteur, les habitants excédés étaient terrés chez eux. Plus de 300 journalistes du monde entier se filmaient les uns les autres à défaut de mettre en boîte la cohorte de fanatiques que craignait voir débarquer le maire Jean-Pierre Delord.
Car pour seul visionnaire présent à Bugarach, il y avait Oriana, bien connu dans la région. Ravi, "ce designer de soucoupes volantes" livrait alors à tous les micros son inerprétation de l'apocalypse, en fait une révélation qui "fait l'effet de 10 000 orgasmes d'un coup".

"Une belle kermesse"

Aujourd'hui, les ruelles de ce village de 200 âmes, objet d'un extraordinaire tapage médiatique depuis 2010, sont désertes. Il y a trois ans, le maire avait dit sa hantise de voir débarquer des vagues d'illuminés soucieux déchapper à la 183e apocalypse prédite depuis la chute de l'Empire romain. Bugarach et son pic majestueux, point culminant du massif des Corbières avec ses 1231 mètres, figurent parmi les lieux sacrés qui échapperaient à la fin du monde, prétendaient alors les prophètes de l'internet librement inspirés du calendrier maya.
Las, "la fin du monde, elle est pour nous. Plus personne ne s'intéresse à nous", déclare aujourd'hui d'une boutade Jean-Pierre Delord, assumant avoir tiré la sonnette d'alarme. "J'ai mis la pression à travers les médias pour que les autorités assurent la sécurité du village et ça a marché", explique-t-il. "C'était un non événement qui était un événement quand même. C'était une belle kermesse, on a bien rigolé".

Un soufflé qui retombe

Dès le 22 décembre, tout est "retombé comme un soufflé", confirme Sébastien Lanoye, le sous-préfet de Limoux. "Bugarach et ses alentours ont repris la petite vie calme qui est la leur même s'il y a dans les environs des populations un peu marginales".
De fait, disent les habitants, les touristes ne sont pas venus en masse découvrir à quoi ressemble ce village dont on a tant parlé. Ils veulent y voir la patte du mauvais temps au printemps et de la crise économique.

Sigrid Benard, gérante de la Maison de la randonnée, fermée pour l'hiver, explique de son côté qu'en dépit du retour de la clientèle de randonneurs et "d'ésotériques" qui avaient fui le bruit et la fureur, la saison a été mitigée. "Il y a eu des retombées économiques et il y en aura encore", assure le maire.
Le village, qui dispose d'une centaine de lits marchands, compte sur la beauté intrinsèque de la nature, sa colonie de vautours et ses orchidées sauvages, pour attirer les touristes. Et aussi sur son pech au profil inoubliable qui cacherait un "garage à ovnis", réputé envoyer des ondes magnétiques.

Le magot de l'abbé Saunière

Patrice Etienne, gérant du relais de Bugarach (vente de souvenirs et d'escursions), veut rebondir avec "l'écotourisme" et jouer la carte de l'environnement et de l'histoire dans cette région cathare, où certains recherchent encore le mystérieux magot de l'abbé Béranger Saunière, dans le village voisin de Rennes-le-Château.

En attendant, sur internet, divers apôtres de l'apocalypse y vont déjà de leur prédiction pour la prochaine fin du monde même si les dates invoquées varient grandement. Jean-Pierre Delord a reçu une lettre expliquant que tout le monde s'était trompé dans l'interprétation du calendrier maya et qu'en réalité l'apocalypse est pour 2027...

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There’s nothing we like better than a good Apocalypse

There’s nothing we like better than a good Apocalypse | Bugarach | Scoop.it

I’ve just been to Bugarach, a village hidden away on the edge of the Corbières. My main reason for going there was to climb the nearby Pech but I also wanted to see if the village had been changed by its newly acquired celebrity. After all, it is the only place which will survive the end of the world on 21 December 2012 (or perhaps the 22nd, or even the 12th…). The date comes from the Mayan calendar: we are coming to the end of a 5126-year cycle. This means that the world as we know it will come to an end.

 

Bugarach is a mere 30km as the spaceship flies from where I live and, along with nearby Rennes-le-Chateau (think Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code), has long been a local byword for eccentricity. But since 2009 and the release of the disaster movie “2012” the fame of Bugarach has spread. It wasn’t mentioned in the film but somehow hopes of surviving the end of the world have focussed on the community and its 189 inhabitants. It regularly features on TV and in the press. House prices have tripled, we are told, and even at that price they are being snapped up. The mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, is at his wit’s end according to the Courrier International: “There’s nothing funny about it… I want the army to be here if necessary”  What will he do when the apocalyptic sects invade in the days before this winter’s solstice? Will there be mass suicides when it doesn’t happen? How many people hoping to hitch a lift on a passing flying saucer will fall off the cliffs of the Pech? Will it be – for Bugarach – a scaled-down version of the end of the world?

Already the villagers are complaining at the increasingly frequent ambulance sirens. The publicity has attracted more walkers – including me – and inevitably some fall on the steep slopes leading to the top of the mountain (1230m).

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There is one other indication that something odd is going on. At the very summit of the Pech is a fired-clay statuette: a Chinese warrior modelled, I think, on those dug up in Xi’an.

Even so, for the moment, Bugarach is pretty much like it always has been. A little bit eccentric in both senses of the word. What I would like to know is who spread the rumour that Bugarach would survive, and why?

Le Pech de Bugarach via the fenêtre

940m of climbing, 13,6km: GPS file ...

 

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Bugarach prépare l'après-Apocalypse

Bugarach prépare l'après-Apocalypse | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Le podium attire l'attention des futurs survivants sur leur avenir. Ils seront obligés de s'organiser et créer une nouvelle communauté qui devra, comme toujours, être gérée par un chef.
ECAL/Denis Rouèche

 

Après l'Apocalypse du 21 décembre 2012, seul Bugarach survivra. Cette prédiction, issue des théories sur la fin du monde qui enflamment la Toile, a donné des sueurs froides à Jean-Pierre Delord, le maire de cette petite bourgade de 194 âmes, coincée entre la Catalogne du Nord et le Pays Cathare, dans le sud de la France.

Voici un an et demi, Jean-Pierre Delord faisait part de ses craintes de voir débarquer des centaines sinon des milliers «d'illuminés» le 21 décembre 2012. Depuis, Bugarach a eu les honneurs de la presse nationale et internationale, jusqu'au prestigieux New York Times. Le nombre de touristes est passé du simple au double. Jean-Pierre Delord a donc décidé d'assumer l'image de «village de fin du monde», et de l'exploiter.

«Nous travaillons avec une société qui, à travers internet, va proposer aux habitants du monde entier de stocker des lettres testamentaires à Bugarach», explique Jean-Pierre Delord. «Je vais aussi créer une fondation pour préserver la montagne de Bugarach, où se rendent les pèlerins», dit-il.

 

Popularité

Voilà pour les projets. L'exploitation touristique est, elle, déjà en marche. «Nous vendons par exemple des cartes postales à 1 euro qui représentent le pic avec une soucoupe volante au-dessus. Nous les avons signées David Vincent, le personnage principale de la série ‹Les Envahisseurs›», rigole le maire. «Par contre, il est faux de dire que le prix du terrain a augmenté en raison de cette histoire de fin du monde», poursuit-il. Selon lui, les prix ont en fait augmenté avec l'arrivée des Anglo-Saxons.

Jean-Pierre Delord ne craint-il pas le discrédit si, par un heureux hasard, la fin du monde n'arrivait pas le 21 décembre 2012? «Non. Des experts disent maintenant que la date est fausse. L'Apocalypse n'aurait en fait pas lieu cette année mais dans 15 ans. Cela nous fait 15 ans de promotion devant nous!», s'amuse-t-il.

 

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Hippies head for Noah's Ark: Queue here for rescue aboard alien spaceship

Hippies head for Noah's Ark: Queue here for rescue aboard alien spaceship | Bugarach | Scoop.it
A mountain looming over a French commune with a population of just 200 is being touted as a modern Noah's Ark when doomsday arrives – supposedly less than nine months from now.

A rapidly increasing stream of New Age believers – or esoterics, as locals call them – have descended in their camper van-loads on the usually picturesque and tranquil Pyrenean village of Bugarach. They believe that when apocalypse strikes on 21 December this year, the aliens waiting in their spacecraft inside Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near by and beam them off to the next age.

As the cataclysmic date – which, according to eschatological beliefs and predicted astrological alignments, concludes a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar – nears, the goings-on around the peak have become more bizarre and ritualistic.

For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eery power. Often called the "upside-down mountain" – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves.

Further, rumours persist that the country's late president François Mitterrand was transported by helicopter on to the peak, while the Nazis, and, later, Israel's Mossad, performed mysterious digs there. Now the nearby village is awash with New Agers, who have boosted the local economy, though their naked group climbs up to the peak have raised concerns as well as eyebrows. Among other oddities, some hikers have been spotted scaling the mountain carrying a ball with a golden ring, strung together by a single thread.

A grizzled man wearing a white linen smock, who calls himself Jean, set up a yurt in the forest a couple of years ago to prepare for the earth's demise. "The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another," he offers. "A new spiritual world. The year 2012 is the end of a cycle of suffering. Bugarach is one of the major chakras of the earth, a place devoted to welcoming the energies of tomorrow."

Upwards of 100,000 people are thought to be planning a trip to the mountain, 30 miles west of Perpignan, in time for 21 December, and opportunistic entrepreneurs are shamelessly cashing in on the phenomenon. While American travel agents have been offering special, one-way deals to witness the end of the world, a neighbouring village, Saint-Paul de Fenouillet, has produced a wine to celebrate the occasion.

Jean-Pierre Delord, the perplexed mayor of Bugarach, has flagged up the situation to the French authorities, requesting they scramble the army to the tiny village for fear of a mass suicide. It has also caught the attention of France's sect watchdog, Miviludes.

A genial sexagenarian, Mr Delord says: "We've seen a huge rise in visitors. Already this year more than 20,000 people have climbed right to the top, and last year we had 10,000 hikers, which was a significant rise on the previous 12 months. They think Pic de Bugarach is 'un garage à ovnis' [an alien garage]. The villagers are exasperated: the exaggerated importance of something which they see as completely removed from reality is bewildering. After 21 December, this will surely return to normal."

Masking his fears of what might happen on 21 December, Mr Delord jokes that he will throw a party and supply vin chaud and cheese. "I'm sure we'll have a little fete to celebrate that we're still alive," he smiles. "I suppose it's up to each of us to find our own way."

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Challenging French rural eco plumbing freaks out pilgrims to Bugarach apocalypse site funny satire story

Challenging French rural eco plumbing freaks out pilgrims to Bugarach apocalypse site funny satire story | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Aude, France - A camper van convoy heading south to the apocalyptic 2012 town of Bugarach is threatening to sue UK tour operators HippyWheels amid a gruelling three day experience of local extreme plumbing.

Treacherous wintry conditions saw the close-down of all tourist facilities sending 40 Yuletide travellers packed inside five souped-up Airstreams into unchartered rural territory.

The pilgrimage was to have arrived in the Bugarach UFO mothership base on Russian Christmas Day 7 January in preparation for the first of the year's full moon ceremonies.

But it ended up holed up in a dilapidated former campsite just south of Rennes-Les-Bains on the D14.

A fiendish configuration of mountains and dense forestry sees the ancient beauty spot untrammeled by wi-fi, cell phone signals or any form of organised electricity - something that the HippyWheels Winter 2011-12 catalogue failed to point out in its blurb.

Then late this evening a faint signal via a combination of carrier pigeon, morse code, semaphore and G-1 managed to transmit an SOS from stranded travelers to the Pyrenean mountain site.

Their plight chiefly concerns primitive conditions after onboard portaloos all froze up and/or caved in under unrelenting pressure during the stranding.

A diary entry retrieved from traveling tour guide Miss Sky Lotusblossom advises that 'at zero degrees on an ass-freezing January night the (only) open plan outdoor composting lav enjoys a panoramic 360-degree view of surrounding countryside and is the most sophisticated sanitation facility for 30 miles.'

Bugarach has become the epicenter of a worldwide apocalyptic movement claiming special sanctuary for all who shelter within a one mile radius of its extraordinary peak.

Last year its Mayor Jean-Pierre Delord threatened to call in the army if the influx of wacky-baccy Mayan 2012 apocalypse travelers continued to swamp the town's otherwise peaceful life.

Tales of how the late French President François Mitterrand had once been curiously 'heliported' on to the Bugarach outcrop's peak, of some mystery digs conducted by the Nazis and later Mossad have all culminated in creating the world's biggest magnet for Armageddon nutz.

The next scheduled UFO flypast near the Arc de Triomphe is this Friday the 13th of January.

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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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For End of the World, a French Peak Holds Allure

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

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

 

By MAÏA de la BAUME
Published: January 30, 2011

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Bugarach villages in claim survived the apocalypse 2012

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Bugarach villages in claim survived the apocalypse 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Angélique Négroni / Le Figaro / Worldcrunch
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Bugarach, Apocalypse show vendredi 21 décembre 2012

Bugarach, Apocalypse show vendredi 21 décembre 2012 | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Vendredi 21 décembre 2012, jour de la «fin du Monde». La rumeur court depuis deux ans sur tous les réseaux sociaux de la planète. Aux États-Unis, au Mexique, en Europe, en France. La presse relaie cette incroyable «prophétie» du calendrier des Mayas, ces Indiens dont la civilisation a atteint son apogée en l'an 600.

Quelle surprise, lorsque les «spécialistes» nous apprirent qu'une cité serait ce jour-là sauvée : celle de Bugarach, petit village de l'Aude, vers lequel se tournent désormais tous les regards.

«La Dépêche» est sur place pour assurer, envers et contre tout, la chronique villageoise.

Ils sont venus en voisins, de Tautavel, dans les Pyrénées-Orientales. Car Bugarach, ils connaissent. «C'est sur la route quand on va en Andorre. Il faisait beau, il n'y avait pas de rugby et le musée de l'Homme de Tautavel, on le connaît déjà. On s'est dit «pourquoi pas Bugarach ?»», sourit Francis Alis. «Mais on est déçus au niveau de l'allumé : à part nous et les journalistes, il n'y en a pas» s'esclaffe Frédérique son épouse, qui vient de répondre à CNN. Des trois piafs sur la croix du clocher, le copain Marcel fait alors trois corbeaux prémonitoires à la fin du monde… éclat de rire général : l'apocalypse, c'était tout de même une bonne idée de sortie dominicale.

Dimanche 16 décembre… Rallye de Porsche défilant devant la mairie, sortie de motards les croisant en trial dans l'autre sens, presse internationale, curieux arpentant les rues du village au pied de sa montagne comme on visite le Mont Saint-Michel : à cinq jours de la dernière page du calendrier Maya, Bugarach, il faut y être.

Et le dernier gag qui tourne est à la hauteur du phénomène.

«Vendredi matin, j'ai reçu un appel en numéro masqué. «Bonjour, je suis l'agent de Gérard Depardieu. Il sera là le 21». Un canular de plus», se lasse Jean-Pierre Delord, le maire.


Cercles magiques

L'exilé belge se joignant aux opposants à l'aéroport Notre Dame des Landes ? Puisque le bruit court aussi que ces derniers pourraient s'inviter pour profiter des télés ? «Au point où on en est…»

Éleveur de la commune, Cyril Castillo passe sur son tracteur et pile : «Y a des mecs qui font les cons sur le panneau Bugarach à l'entrée du village». Le maire y file illico. Tandis que la société de chasse finit sa journée. Cinq sangliers et six chevreuils : la battue était à Sougraigne, ce week-end. Et sourire las aussi quant à la clientèle New Age qu'attirent les lieux.

«Il y a un mois, il y en a qui ont dessiné des cercles «magiques» à la peinture de chantier dans un pré de mes parents» explique Jean-Pierre. Mais surtout… «Il faut faire gaffe car au milieu de notre territoire de chasse, ils y sont, avec leur yourte, sur un domaine privé. Au niveau sécurité, c'est pas terrible. Il faut les protéger car ils sont en pleine zone de battue. Certes, ils sont très gentils, une fois, ils m'ont retrouvé les chiens…» raconte Georges Tricoire, 72 ans, «mais bon…». Car avec son trésorier, Georges Julien, ils ont aussi vécu les délires autour de Rennes-le-Château, «où les types vous bouleversaient la montagne à la recherche du trésor de l'abbé Saunière» se souviennent-ils.


Incognito

Et le pic de Bugarach, alors ? «C'est le sommet le plus haut des Corbières et il n'y avait aucune légende dessus quand on était petits», assure Georges Tricoire, «très en colère à cause de tous ces médias qui vous filment comme des curiosités, qui se croient chez eux. ça laissera des traces dans la vie du village», assure-t-il.

Le village qui se réveille sous les bourrasques ce lundi matin.

J-4 : fini de rire, maintenant, on entre dans le dur. Paire de voitures banalisées identiques, les yeux et les oreilles de l'État arrivent donc en tenue civile réglementaire.
«Je m'attendais à vous voir en uniforme» s'étonne l'accueil.
«Je ne porte jamais l'uniforme» réplique l'officier, persuadé d'être incognito.
Passe un ange.
Bientôt suivi de cinq Mirage au total, à 10 h 40, 11 h 25 et 15 h 25, au nord du Pic.
Message ésotérique que ces ailes delta dans le ciel ? Qui sait ? Car le soir même, internet ne fonctionne plus... Un premier signe du début de la fin ?
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­No room in the French village for Mayan apocalypse pilgrims

­No room in the French village for Mayan apocalypse pilgrims | Bugarach | Scoop.it

 

For anyone who is still in fear of the supposed apocalypse which will come with the end of the Mayan calendar a village in France may be your refuge. The modern Noah’s Ark established ahead of December 21st has local authorities concerned.

New Agers suggest the village of Bugarach at the foot of the French Pyrenees is the only place where people will be able to survive the upcoming Apocalypse, Spiegel Online reports.

The tiny village with a population of only 200 has become a Mecca for those who believe the world is about the end.

The mountain Pic de Bugarach is said to have magical powers and is believed to be a gate between worlds. Others believe that inside the mountain rest extra-terrestrials, who will come out and save humans they find on the spot.

Pilgrims have post dozens of photos and videos about their alleged contacts with the extra-terrestrials in the area to prove it’s truly a magical place.

The town's mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, is afraid that soon the village will be overrun with Apocalypse pilgrims and make life their unsafe and disturb the locals. Residents fear mass suicides, sect meetings and the like.

"If you ask the mayor, there are supposed to be new hotels and wind turbines here soon," the owner of a local shop told Spiegel. "To attract tourists, he continues to bring us into the media, so they keep reheating the story when the rumors go cold."

The Mayor himself admitted that boosting the number of tourists to their area would be good for business, but there limits to everything.

"People who believe in the end of the world regularly write to me," Mayor Delord says. "I don't want to tell anyone how to live… but when hundreds of people storm our village, we won't be able to guarantee public safety anymore." He also says that real estate prices in the area have already risen substantially.

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Thousands Flock To France To Prepare For Doomsday, Waiting For Spaceship

Thousands Flock To France To Prepare For Doomsday, Waiting For Spaceship | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Thousands are flocking to what’s being referred to as the modern Noah’s Ark  near the tranquil Pyrenean Village of Bugarach  in order to prepare for Doomsday, which they believe is to occur on December 21 of this year, reports the Independent.

 

These flockers believe that when the apocalypse comes this December, aliens waiting in their spaceship inside the Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near the area and transport them off to the next age.

Over the years there has been a belief the Pic de Bugarach, the highest in the Corbieres mountain range, may have mystical energies and strange power, with “New Agers”  flocking to the site since the 1960′s claiming that it emits special magnetic waves.

Referred to as the “upside-down mountain” because geologists believe the mountain actually exploded after its formation and had its top land the wrong way up, the Pic de Bugarach is thought to also have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounter’s of the Third Kind.

A man known only as Jean, set up a yurt in the forest a couple of years ago to prepare for the earth’s demise stated:

“The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another. A new spiritual world. The year 2012 is the end of a cycle of suffering. Bugarach is one of the major chakras of the earth, a place devoted to welcoming the energies of tomorrow.”

The mayor of Bugarach, Jean-Pierre Delord, fearing the possibility of mass suicide, has requested the French authorities move its armies into the area.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/211371/thousands-flock-to-france-to-prepare-for-doomsday-waiting-for-spaceship/#grK7yiba2qxUzzLZ.99

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Bugarach. La fin du monde attire les marchands du temple de l'Apocalypse

Bugarach. La fin du monde attire les marchands du temple de l'Apocalypse | Bugarach | Scoop.it
La fin du monde qui, comme chacun sait interviendra le 21 décembre 2012 en épargnant Bugarach, aiguise les appétits mercantiles. Le maire de la commune en a ras le bol et va déposer plainte contre des vendeurs d' «authentiques cailloux du Pic».

Les amoureux de la nature se réjouissaient il y a quelques mois de la réapparition du vautour fauve sur les hauteurs de Bugarach. Ils se réjouiront moins d'apprendre l'arrivée massive de rapaces d'un tout autre genre : les marchands du temple de l'Apocalypse, à quelques mois de la fin du monde dont Bugarach, rappelons-le, sera épargnée (lire par ailleurs).

Loin d'être hostile à la notoriété que les illuminés ont conféré à sa commune de 200 habitants, le maire, Jean-Pierre Delord en a en revanche ras la soucoupe des escrocs et charlatans flairant dans la crédulité de certains une alléchante source de profits.

 

LOUEZ VOTRE PLACE DE BUNKER POUR 35 000 € MENSUELS !

 

Que quelques habitants aient cherché à vendre, passe encore. Que la mairie ait reçu des demandes d'occupation d'emplacement pour vendre des pizzas au départ des chemins qui mènent au sommet du pic, ok ; le maire n'y a même pas répondu. Par contre, que deux sites internet proposent de vendre « d'authentiques» pierres de Bugarach, « embereziaone.fr » et « 2012bugarach.com », là, ça commence à suffire ! Le premier suggère que vous jouirez de « la possibilité unique de porter l'authentique pierre d'origine garantie du pic de Bugarach dont seuls les véritables initiés connaissent les vertus ».

Plus précis, le second vend à prix d'or de vulgaires cailloux. Fussent-ils « récoltés à la main par

[leur] équipe et livrés avec[leur] certificat d'authenticité », comme le précise le texte, à 1,50 € le gramme, soit 1 500 € le kilo, voilà qui flirte avec l'honnêteté… « J'attaque au pénal. Je vais déposer plainte contre ces sites internet et contre ces gens. Ramasser des cailloux, d'accord, mais pas pour en faire commerce. Ce mercantilisme, il faut que ça s'arrête », s'insurge le maire. Mais ce n'est pas tout, loin de là ! Les vendeurs de pierre font vraiment figure de petits joueurs face à d'autres rapaces, qui ont planté leurs serres sur le site leboncoin.fr. Ainsi « B2012 » propose-t-il une « cave souterraine 100 m2 » pour 1 000 € la place. Ainsi aussi, Mike, dont le prénom ressemble également fort à un pseudonyme. La lecture de son annonce se pratique assis pour éviter de trébucher : « 10 places bunker VIP, loyer mensuel : 35 000 €». Mike soigne les détails : «10 places couchage XL + 5 années d'autonomie alimentaire. Communication TV ». Puis il précise sans manquer d'air : « Personnes sérieuses demandées ».

 

Ah ! Mike, juste un truc : Bugarach est censée résister à la fin du monde ; un bunker ici ne présente donc pas la plus grande utilité…

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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

Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Des yourtes en pleine forêt

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

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

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

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

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

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