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Heavy security in doomsday hot spot as believers fear end of world is nigh

Ajoutée le 31 juil. 2015

SHOTLIST 
1. Wide of Bugarach sign with mountain peak, Pic de Bugarach, in background 
2. Close-up of Bugarach sign
3. Tilt up from sign: (French) "Road closed" to police manning check point
4. Various of police checking cars 
5. Wide of centre of Bugarach village
6. Close up of a UFO model hanging from a window, a Santa toy is draped over the top 
7. Various of posters depicting UFO's on the door of a local home
8. Wide of child cycling through village
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean Michele Pous, Bugarach resident: 
"For many years Bugarach has been researched and that annoyed people a bit but nothing like this. But now for the last three to four days, with roads being closed, it is affecting the residents of Bugarach, the people here are angry with what's going on, and they have nothing to do with the date of 21st of December and the doomsday rumour."
10. Various of mounted police 
11. Various of international journalists at the village
12. Wide of press conference
13. SOUNDBITE (French) �ric Freysselinard, Head of local government: 
"The security force that we deployed and was shown in the media, in one part stopped new age enthusiasts, but also the curious people to come in the area. But you know with all the media presence here and all the security force in the region, the area is not safe to visit."
++NIGHT SHOTS++
8. Mid of Bugarach residents jokingly wearing large plastic funnels on their heads
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Eric, Surname not given, local resident:
"I really believe that all of this is a big joke, but we do believe in it just a little bit, just enough to make fun of it. "
10. Mid of locals with funnels on heads waving to passing cars
STORYLINE
Authorities are expecting several hundred people, mainly UFO enthusiasts and curious onlookers, to pour into the French village of Bugarach on Friday, Dec. 21, when some people predict civilisation as we know it will end.
The sleepy town nestled in the quiet region of the French Pyrenees mountains is rumoured to be the sole place on earth that will escape the destruction.
A giant UFO and an alien crew are said to be waiting under the mountain, ready to burst through and spirit those nearby to safety. 
French authorities have established several checkpoints outside the village, barring potential doomsday fanatics from accessing the Pic de Bugarach mountain pea. 
The approach to the peak is being guarded by French gendarmes.
"With all the media presence here and all the security force in the region, the area is not safe to visit," said local government head �ric Freysselinard.
Local residents also appear to be losing their patience.
"For the last three to four days, with roads being closed, it is affecting the residents of Bugarach, the people here are angry with what's going on, and they have nothing to do with the date of 21st of December and the doomsday rumour," Jean Michele Pous, a local resident said.
But some who are making the most of the situation, preferring to see the humour in the situation.
"We do believe in it just a little bit, just enough to make fun of it," a local resident named Eric said as he and friends donned white plastic funnel hats and waved at passers-by.
The Mayan calender marks the end of a 5,126-year-old cycle around Dec. 21, 2012, which brings the return of Bolon Yokte, a Mayan god associated with war and creation, according to the Mayan's stone tablet Monument Six.
The description was cited by many people as the evidence for the theory of "the end of the world." The Hollywood disaster blockbuster "2012" then added fuel to the fire, making the saying popular across the world.



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Go to the French Village of Bugarach to Survive the Doomsday

Go to the French Village of Bugarach to Survive the Doomsday | Bugarach | Scoop.it
Now the people in the French village of Bugarach is now claiming their village as the only place to survive the doomsday.

 

Less than  16 days left for the most-anticipated date of the year, December 21  2012 the Mayan apocalypse. While we are getting near to this alleged end of the world, some people are using this to their advantage. People in the French village of  Bugarach are now doing the same thing. They are claiming this village as the only place to survive the doomsday, and be alive.

These people believes that there’s an “alien garage” underneath this village, where aliens are hiding, waiting for the Mayan-apocalypse to end and to leave the planet, hopefully taking  some of these people with them.

Villagers in Bugarach welcomes people to save themselves by moving to this small village, where only 176 people lives. But, it’s not for free. You will have to pay about $1950-US dollars to spend a night. If you’re going there, you will have to book a room quick because once the apocalypse begins, they wont be taking in anyone near the village.

Even the NASA confirmed that these doomsday rumors are actually based on false facts. Although, there are some people who still insists on believing on the ancient Mayan myth. Bugarach seems like a nice place for those people, if you could ever afford it?

 

 

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Doomsday hysteria grips Russia and Bugarach Mountain in France blocked

Doomsday hysteria grips Russia and Bugarach Mountain in France blocked | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Doomsday hysteria has gripped Russia and some of its neighbors. Travel agencies are selling tours to either heaven or hell and people are stocking up on food and fuel. Officials are publicly denying the apocalypse, hoping to calm the hype.

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In France authorities had to ban access to a mountain that doomsday theorists believe will be the only safe spot during the apocalypse on December 21.

Bugarach at the feet of the French Pyrenees with its two narrow streets, 176 residents, was barely heard of a few years ago. Now, it’s arguably the most famous village in France, known variously as “the village at the end of the world”, the “chosen village”.

Local authorities decided to limit access to the peak beginning December 19, and through December 23.

Local residents and authorities still fear that pilgrims of the Mayan calendar will flood the area and disturb their way of life. A hundred policemen and firemen will control access to the village, which is nestled at the foot of a mountain, and is said to have “magical powers” and is believed to be a “gate between worlds.”

France authorities also banned mass parties at the area and are now considering introducing a no-fly zone around the peak.


And at the birthplace of Mayan calendar, Mexico and Guatemala agencies offer tours “The end of the world with Maya” and “The world of Maya 2012.”

 

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Bill Roache joins bizarre Doomsday movement in anticipation of end of the world

Bill Roache joins bizarre Doomsday movement in anticipation of end of the world | Bugarach | Scoop.it

CANCEL the insurance renewal and don’t make any holiday plans. As for Christmas shopping, forget it. You won’t be needing any of it come Dec­ember because – hang on to your shorts – that’s when THE WORLD WILL END SO WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

Or at least the world and the way we live in it is going to change very radically. That is the prognosis according to the ancient Mayans and er... Ken Barlow off Coronation Street.

Bill Roache, the actor who plays him, sincerely believes that on December 12, 2012, the world will move into “a higher vibration” and enter a new, better era. Interviewed in the latest issue of Silent Voices (“the spiritual, paranormal, metaphysical magazine,” since you ask) Roache, 80, says: “This will be the Golden Age when a majority will know they are love and they are spiritual beings. The Earth will continue to cleanse itself while mat­erial and negative things will collapse and cease to be.”

Roache’s long-standing interest in matters spiritual is well-known. For years the story persisted that he was a Druid priest until he denied it, pointing out that he does not follow any formal religion or belief system. But in his latest pronouncements on the future of mankind he is far from a lone voice in the wilderness. He is part of a global movement known as the 2012 Phenomenon whose adherents believe the world will end at the winter solstice on December 21.

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The village of Bugarach (pop. 189) in the French Pyrenees has experienced an apocalypse tourist boom since 2000. That is when Doomsday believers began flocking to their mountain the Pic de Bugarach believing it to be a) protected from destruction by the magnetic force which surrounds it and b) the gateway to another dimension and/or a base for alien gatherings. More than 20,000 have climbed the mountain this year (twice as many as in 2011) and the mayor is so worried about a massive influx that he is thinking of calling in the army.

But what is the basis for the 2012 Phenomenon? For that we must go back two millennia to the Mayans, the ancient but highly developed civilisation of Central America. The Mayans were mathematicians and astronomers and kept time differently from us. In a system known as the Long Count they used units of 20, culminating in a period of time known as a b’ak’tun and corresponding to 394 years. They also believed the world moves through ages each lasting 13 b’ak’tuns or 5,125 years. According to their calendar the current world age - the fourth - is due to end on December 21, 2012. In any case, the Mayan calendar stops then.

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White Owl Conspiracy: Spaceship to Save Thousands Before Doomsday

White Owl Conspiracy: Spaceship to Save Thousands Before Doomsday | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of believers are flocking to Bugarach, France to be saved from Doomsday on December 21, 2012. An Alien Spaceship will rescue all who are near the sacred Pic De Bugarach Mountain before the apocalypse hits.

Are you prepared for the end of the world on December 21, 2012? If not, then you might want to join the hundreds of thousands (projected to possibly a million) of people that are planning on being near the Pyrenean Village of Bugarach in France.

The area is being dubbed as the modern day Noah’s Ark to the people who think they will be saved from the coming apocalypse on or before December 21 of this year. Thousands of believers weekly are coming into this small town which has a population of only 200 usually. Current estimates are that there are more than 100,000 people already in the area with projections of anywhere from 300,000 to possibly one million people coming before the middle of December.

 

So how will these believers be saved from the coming apocalypse you ask? Well, here is where the story gets downright bizarre if it wasn’t already. A spaceship(s) will transport all the people in the area to safety and these survivors will enter a “new age” with their alien saviors. Anyone who is not in the immediate vicinity of the area will surely perish in the coming apocalypse and the only surviving members of the human race will be the ones aboard the spaceship(s).

Now the question is why this location? Well, it seems that one mountain in particular is at the heart of the story. That mountain is named Pic De Bugarach which happens to be the highest mountain in the Corbieres Mountain range. It is also one of the most sacred mountains to “New Agers” who claim that it actually emits strange magnetic waves.

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Top Destination for Summer 2012 : Bugarach

Top Destination for Summer 2012 : Bugarach | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Resting in the foothills of the Pyrenees -- a region once home to the mysterious heretic sect of Catharas before they were driven underground in the 13th century -- Bugarach has inspired countless myths over the years. But the greatest myth is yet to come as visitors continue to pour in to town in the thousands awaiting "the apocalypse" on December 21, 2012. Apocalypse devotees, dressed in white, are fast becoming a familiar sight in the picturesque village, population 194. They're drawn here by a myriad of New Age theories, including claims that a nearby rocky outcrop, the Pic de Bugarach, harbors an alien technical base. Forget the Mayan heartland of Mexico, if you really want to get into the doomsday spirit, head to this French hill town and chat with the over 20,000 believers waiting for their alien saviors.

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Tens thousands of people gather on Pic de Bugarach

Tens thousands of people gather on Pic de Bugarach | Bugarach | Scoop.it
They believe Pic de Bugarach is alien home.

 

They believe Pic de Bugarach is alien home. An estimated 20,000 people gather at Pic de Bugarach which believed as alien home who will rescue them from doomsday. Details!!!!!

Pic de Bugarach: French commune home to 20,000 ‘doomsday cultists’ awaiting alien salvation

An estimated 20,000 New Age believers who say the “upside down” mountain is home to aliens who will rescue them from an impending apocalypse have saturated a small French commune near the foot of the picturesque Pic de Bugarach.

The Independent reports the growing flock, who locals refer to as “esoterics,” believe the world will come to an end on December 21st, 2012. They also reportedly believe that the unique mountain is in fact home to a race of alien beings that will emerge to rescue the gathered humans and transport them to a new civilization.

 

Pic de Bugarach has long been famous because rock samples taken from its peak are actually older than points measured at lower elevation. Scientists say that is because when the 1,230 meter mountain erupted its peak flipped upside down before crashing back down upon the mountain’s base. The mountain is said to have played a role in inspiring everything from Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” to Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

 

The BBC reports that the French government is concerned about mass suicides taking place near Pic de Bugarach in advance of the December 21 date and that there have been reports of “strange rituals” taking place there as well.

Last year, CNN filed a report on the apocalyptic rumors surrounding Pic de Bugarach:

http://bit.ly/ugvTKK ;

 

 

The Independent notes some other rumors surrounding Pic de Bugarach, which included speculation that both Israel’s Mossad and Nazis have both performed “mysterious” excavation digs there.

“The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another,” one of the New Age pilgrims going only by the name “Jean,” tells the paper. “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.”

Up to 100,000 visitors are expected to flock to the scene before December 21.

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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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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, 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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'Doomsday' rumours hit French village of Bugarach

A French village is preparing for an influx of mystical groups who are convinced they will escape the end of the world in 2012.

Rumours have been circulating since 2010 that the village of Bugarach, with a population of 200, will provide shelter from an impending Armageddon.

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Armageddon pizza in the land of immortality: Town 'set to survive the Mayan Apocalypse' cracks open End of the World wine (and offers house rental at £1,200-a-night)

Armageddon pizza in the land of immortality: Town 'set to survive the Mayan Apocalypse' cracks open End of the World wine (and offers house rental at £1,200-a-night) | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Bugarach

- population: 176

- has been earmarked by doomsday cults as the only place in the world which is going to survive Armageddon

It is based on an interpretation of the Mayan calendar which claims a planet is on a crash course with Earth and will impact on December 21 2012

According to prophecy aliens will emerge from their 'spaceship garage' in the town's Pic de Bugarach mountain and pluck believers to safety

'Authentic Bugarach stones' are on sale for €1.50 a gram while a bottle of water from the local spring will cost an eye-watering €15

One landowner is offering up his four-bedroom home for £1,200 a night and can offer a camping space in his field for £324

'Apocalypse pizza' and 'End of the World vintage' wine also available
 

Bugarach - population 176 - has been earmarked by doomsday cults as the only place in the world which is going to survive Armageddon, scheduled for December 21 this year by an ancient Mayan prophecy.

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"The prefecture of the Aude said that for security reasons, the December 19 to 23, the peak Bugarach be prohibited access to the population and a regulated area, enlarged in the village and around the massive will be implemented in the same period. Circulation of 3.5 + T will be prohibited due to the low capacity roads, light vehicles from outside the local community will be allowed to the extent of the capacity of the site. Which means, at any time, the services of the State, depending on the crowd, will close access to the area. Finally, in the same period of 4 days, festive gathering any type rave or drink giant will be banned by the prefecture in the regulated area. "
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The Alien Garage - Pic de Bugarach

The Alien Garage - Pic de Bugarach | Bugarach | Scoop.it

Thousands of people have flocked to Bugarach, a small village in southern France to await doomsday. New Agers believe that a mountain, Pic de Bugarach, houses alien spaceships and that the UFOs will emerge on December 21 to whisk them away to a new spiritual world. This “alien garage” has attracted New Agers since the 60s with rumors of mystical powers and special magnetic waves.

 

Pic de Bugarach is 1230 meters high and is the tallest mountain in the Corbieres range. It is thought to have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

For now, the village is dealing with an incredible influx of tourists climbing naked to the top and holding strange worship services.

Will things return to normal on December 22, or will the non-believers be the fools?

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Limoux: crème de crémant

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Languedoc rock: Pic de Bugarach near the Limoux vineyards — the only place on earth where humans will survive Doomsday, apparently  Photo: ALAMY

In the glamorous world of fizz, limoux hardly gets a look in. You may well not have heard of it at all. It’s worth knowing about though, especially in these days of £10-a-bottle (and often disappointing) prosecco, because in Limoux they make really, really good sparkling wine. Not just good. It’s distinctive, with a fresh, edgy air of hedgerows and meadows and wild countryside that makes it completely right for a Jubilee party.

Limoux is both a town and one of Languedoc’s most westerly appellation contrôlées (AOC). It lies in Cathar country, just to the south of Carcassonne, a tangle of hilly vineyards that give way to ancient forests. Stand among the vines at Château Rives-Blanques in the north and you look out across the valley towards a perfect line of snowy Pyrenean peaks. From Domaine Delmas on the higher ground of the south of the appellation, you can peer between the hills and see the distinctive silhouette of the Pic de Bugarach.

This mountain is said by New Age believers to have deep magical powers that will make it the only place on earth where humans will survive Doomsday, which will apparently take place this December 21. No one knows quite how this will happen; one theory is that a giant alien spaceship will emerge from the Pic and transport anyone nearby to a new universe.

“Some Americans have booked their flights here already,” says Richard Planas, the director of the Limoux AOC, as we hurtle between tastings in his car. “The funny thing is that they’ve bought return tickets…”

They have been making fizz in Limoux for centuries and locals argue that as the first recorded mention of it, in the cellars of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Hilaire, dates back to 1531, long before that other Benedictine monk, Dom Perignon, was born, their sparkling wine was a precursor to champagne.

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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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A Doomsday Launchpad in France?

A Doomsday Launchpad in France? | Bugarach | Scoop.it
French chateaus, picturesque rivieras and places like Mont Saint-Michel -- a landmark that is second only to the Eiffel Tower are just a few of the tourist destinations that France touts. Paris alone is reason enough to visit the museum-laden country, but for one group of New Age believers, there can only be one "city of lights."

Pic de Bugarach, a mountain popular for being the inspiration behind Jules Verne's book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, has become a temporary home to an estimated 20,000 people -- all who claim the infamous peak is an ancient launching pad that will activate on Dec. 21, 2012.

The doomsday theories are nothing new, but in an unusual twist these specific esoterics believe that the Pic de Bugarach is more than a mountain -- it is a sacred land occupied by aliens as we speak. According to their beliefs, once the apocalypse begins the aliens will reveal themselves to the patiently faithful and take them on a journey in a Noah's-ark-meets-Star Wars-voyage to another universe.

 

"The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another," one of the New Age pilgrims going only by the name "Jean" tells the paper. "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."

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10 Places to Ride Out the Apocalypse

10 Places to Ride Out the Apocalypse | Bugarach | Scoop.it
You've assembled your post-apocalyptic reading list. You've packed your bug-out bag. You've even practiced a little melee combat, just in case. But where should you go when the global pandemic hits or sky starts raining fire?
If you can hang out in a self-sufficient rural community or get yourself adopted into a tribe of uncontacted people, then you can probably pull through several flavors of apocalyptic disaster. But here are a few specific locations that might improve your odds of survival, if you can get there in time:

 

- Utah: In the event of a run-of-the-mill infrastructural collapse, it wouldn't be a bad idea idea to hightail it to Utah and make friends with some stockpiling Mormons. 

 

- Pyongyang North Korea: It should be no surprise that a country that thrives on paranoia has made elaborate preparations in case of nuclear war. 

 

- Pitcairn Islands: Anyone who's ever stared in frustration at Madagascar at the end of a game of Pandemic II knows that islands are a great escape from pathogen-born disasters. 

 

-Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado: There are plenty of options for nuclear bunkers around the world: Germany's swanky doomsday palace, the decommissioned Congressional shelter beneath the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, even bomb-proof homes available on the real estate market. 

 

- London, England: Of course, it's even better if you don't have to drive to your shock-proof digs. 

 

- Mount Yamantau, Mezhgorye, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia: While some countries stopped building nuclear shelters at the close of the Cold War, Russia was still putting the finishing touches on at least one of theirs. 

 

- Svalbard, Norway: If the apocalypse should wipe out most of the plant life on Earth, you'll want to be hanging out somewhere near the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago. 

 

- Western Australia: There's a reason Mad Max is set in Australia. Perth is one of the most remote cities in the world (some measures put it behind Honolulu and Auckland), and although it was first colonized by British settlers in 1829, it wasn't connected to the rest of Australia by train until 1917. 

 

- Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland: Few cultures in the world revolve around hunting as their primary means of subsistence, but it's the occupation for most of the roughly 500 residents of the isolated Ittoqqortoormiit settlement. 

 

- Bugarach, France: What recommends this sleepy mountain town with a population of 200 for post-apocalyptic survival? To be honest, the residents aren't even sure. Bugarach sits at the base of Pic de Bugarach, which is often called the "upside-down mountain." According to geologists, the mountain exploded after its formation, and the top landed upside-down. Its unusual shape has inspired Jules Verne and Steven Spielberg, and attracted hippies and New Agers who believed it emitted special magnetic waves. More recently, rumors have started circulating on doomsday 2012 forums that the mountain is sacred and will be protected in the coming apocalypse. Some believe that there are aliens living under the mountain who rescue anyone living nearby on December 21st, 2012. We know that the 2012 doomsday is a myth, but if the cataclysm should hit on that date, the best case scenario is that well prepared survivalists will head for Bugarach. The worst case is that you'll witness a mass suicide commanded by the ancient aliens.

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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.

 

UFOs

 

Sounds ridiculous, right?

A special parliamentary committee has warned that sects may be considering mass suicides in 2012, on French territory.
It has pointed the finger at some of the people spending time around Bugarach and elsewhere in the Pyrenees.
The authorities say some individuals have bought land in the mountains, with the intention of building bunkers, where they can survive the end of the world surrounded by their acolytes, or even die together.
I have to admit while I was in Bugarach I saw no spaceships or mysterious priest-like figures.
Just a painting on a wall depicting UFOs picking a human off a mountain top, and some sleepy dogs basking in the sun rather fed up at being woken up by yet another foreign journalist.
A four-man crew from German television was also wandering through the village, looking for signs of the near end of the world.
They too came away empty-handed, and rather puzzled by all the fuss.

 

Strange rituals


It has to be said that the local population is not exactly thrilled to see the media stomping through the village and most are not talking.

 

Their shutters are tightly shut to keep out both the searing heat, and pesky reporters asking questions about UFOs.
One who was willing to talk was Valerie Austin, a retired British schoolteacher who came here 10 years ago to get away from it all.
She said she believed she had a rational mind, and just could not see how anyone could take seriously the idea that the mountain might be some sort of underground, UFO car park.
But the local mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, told me groups that could be called sects are heading to the mountain top and taking part in strange rituals.
Others, dressed in white outfits, have also been seen holding furtive gatherings in the forest near the village.
He says it is frightening his constituents and he also shakes his head in disbelief.
He said, with ghoulish humour, if it really is the end of the world next year, he has no desire to be left on his own in the village.
It will not be much fun – he would rather die with the rest of civilisation.
And at the nearest estate agency, about 10 miles (16km) from the village, Jacques Fargier says he has sold some big properties to some strange types that could be characterised as sects.
In fact, teasingly, he said that there would be no point in anyone heading to the village looking for a property safe haven, because there was not much on the market and building permission was very hard to obtain in this stunning part of the world.

 

Mystical energy

 

Doomsday or not, there is no question that the countryside around Bugarach has a very powerful hold on many visitors with esoteric inclinations.

 

In the next valley there is another tiny village, Rennes le Chateau, that has been swamped by tourists for several years, after the hugely successful writer, Dan Brown, revealed in The Da Vinci Code an ancient rumour that the local priest became rich overnight.
According to the legend, he found proof that Mary Magdalene and Christ may have been lovers. He was bought off by the Catholic Church to keep the truth secret, and then buried his wealth near the village.
Every year, spiritual travellers come to soak in the energy they say comes from the mountain. They are convinced something very strange happened here.
This arid and remote region has a rich history. Brutal religious wars and border conflicts between France and Spain have marked the land. Ransacked castles dot the landscape.
A low cost of living, artisan economy, and air of mysticism lingering over the mountainous terrain, has attracted misfits and a large community of hippies to the region for years.
For the local restaurants and bed-and-breakfast owners, there is no doubt the strange tales and magic energy said to be inside the mountains are extremely good for tourism.
But they admit too many visitors in white tunics holding secret gatherings at night is not the kind of business they are keen on.

 

We hope that the most people coming In the Doomsday Village of Bugarach will know what he can expect.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

MAGIC MOUNTAIN

 

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

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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