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The Myth and Magic of Pic de Bugarach

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This past weekend, Yvette Monahan published a book of photographs about a rural area in south-central France between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains. At the region’s center is a mountain called Bugarach. Monahan spent a year taking pictures of the mountain and its surroundings, which have a rich mythical history. I was enchanted by the photos in her book, ‘‘The Time of Dreaming the World Awake,’’ when I saw them recently, so I reached out to her and got her to tell me what sparked her interest in this French spot:

I was visiting a friend in the area in 2010 when I first heard the story about the mountain Bugarach. A few months later, back in Ireland, I found myself retelling the stories repeatedly. Bugarach and the surrounding area are shrouded in mystery and myth, and seem to have drawn people toward it for centuries.

The mountain itself is a geological anomaly, since its top layers are millions of years older than its bottom ones, making it an ‘‘upside down mountain.’’ I’ve heard that due to this strange geology, its magnetism is inverted.

The mystery of Rennes-le-Château, a village on one side of the mountain, is quite a tourist attraction and receives thousands of visitors every year. The Treasure of the Templars, the Holy Grail some call it, is said to be housed in one of the Cathar castles that dominate the landscape, usually perched on spectacular rocky outcrops. Regarded as heretics by the Catholic Church, the Cathars were wiped out by the Albigensian Crusade led by Pope Innocent III. When a general asked how to distinguish between Cathar and Catholic, the response was ‘‘kill them all, God will know.’’

Nostradamus and Jules Verne were local to the area. Verne alluded to the mountain in much of his literature, Captain Bugarach was the hero in ‘‘Clovis Dardentor.’’ Bugarach is said to be where Verne found both the inspiration and the entrance for ‘‘Journey to the Center of the Earth.” His books are said to be written in code to protect the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. Verne burned all of his papers at the end of his life to protect these secrets. There were also many tales of President François Mitterrand’s being helicoptered onto the peak, of mysterious digs conducted by the Nazis and later the Mossad, the Israeli secret services. Finally, Bugarach is also thought to be the inspiration behind ‘‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’’ as Spielberg spent time around the mountain.

It is a tiny area in rural France, which adds to the mystery of why it is so rich in such significant histories, stories and myths.

Jacques Le Bris's insight:

An exhibition of Monahan’s photographs will be on view at The Copper House Gallery in Dublin through July 20.

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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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In the Corbières, the Pech de Bugarach, the top of the strange

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The ” Bug ” , as the locals call it, has not finished to attract attention. It is called “sacred mountain” . They say it emanates a unique energy, powerful and unifying. It would be one of the “chakras” of “Mother Earth” , the “vibratory rate” would rise each year more. It is also said that he would host an underground base for UFOs. Humans improvising “mediums” claim to have made ??contact with aliens who have invested (not us, too bad). Finally, some argue that it would be one of the few places where land men would survive the end of the world, that predicted by the Mayan calendar, which ends December 21, 2012.

In short, simply type ” Bugarach ” on a search engine to discover the esoteric intense activity prompted by the highest peak in the Corbières. Culminating at 1231 m, the Bug and crystallizes all the fantasies. Already in the spring solstice, March 21, hikers asked us intrigued in their path: “Did you notice something strange?” . The summer solstice also attracts its share of strange animals and new age . “Marches in conscience” , “walking initiation” , initiatives bloom … for those who can afford it.

The attraction of Pic is growing, to the dismay of the mayor of Bugarach and many people who fear they will be able to control the influx of visitors in December 2012. Rommie, owner of the charming cottages of the Presbytery Sander with her ??husband, unwilling to offend anyone. “The majority of clients come to nature, to the Cathar castles. From time to time, some come for energy, for Bugarach. I like to go upstairs to the beautiful view. But on the energy, I do not know ” .

For the first riddle, the answer is simple: by plate tectonics, limestone strata older than 135 million years have arisen over training between 15 million years, reversing the order geological layers. Otherwise, it is assumed that the geographical position of the peak currents catalyzed mystical already at work in the region.

Which indeed has not dreamed of treasure Saunière, the priest mysteriously enriched after having begun work in his church in Rennes-le-Château, a few miles from there? (To visit absolutely!) Who has not left wandering imagination to follow the quest of the last Cathars, the perfect and ideal refuge on windy peaks of the Corbieres? ( surveying the ruined castles in high winds is a unique experience!)

No need yet esoteric guide to access the apex, which is worth a look for even more pragmatic. A card or phone call to the House of Nature will do. The route taken by most of the neck of Linas, 6 km from Bugarach. In less than two hours, you are now at the top, watching the Pyrénées Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The track called “the window” sneaks near a hole in the rock. More air, accessible to good walkers, it takes two hours from the cascade of Mathieux. The love walk the entire loop to carry out from the village. Allow six to seven hours, including breaks. The opportunity for a nice walk between heaven and earth.

By: Carole

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

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When a north breeze dissipates a haze upon tip of a Corbières, emerges, stately as well as secret, a impiety of Bugarach. The crawl poise a vegetable initial riddle: because do we verbalise of a “inverted plateau “? And even when a object luminous radiance full flanks of limestone, an aura of poser still hangs in a blue sky of a Aude.

“ Bug ” , such as internal call it, has not accomplished sketch attention. It is called “sacred mountain” . They contend it emanates a singular energy, absolute as well as unifying. It would be a single of “chakras” a “Mother Earth” , that “vibratory rate” volume some-more any year. They additionally contend it would residence an subterraneous bottom for UFOs. Humans improvising “mediums” explain to have come in to hit with a aliens who have invested (not us, shame). Finally, a little disagree that it would be a single of a integrate of places where land group would tarry a finish of a world, that likely by a Mayan calendar, that ends Dec 21, 2012.

short, simply sort “ Bugarach ” upon a poke engine to find a enigmatic heated wake up stirred by a tip rise in a Corbières. Culminating during 1231 m, a Bug as well as crystallizes all fantasies. Already in a open solstice, Mar 21, hikers intrigued asked us in their path: “Did we notice something strange?” . The summer solstice additionally attracts a share of extraordinary as well as fauna brand new age . “Marches in conscience” , “walking initiation” , initiatives freshness … for those who can means it.

 

he captivate of Pic is growing, to a discomfit of a mayor of Bugarach as well as many residents, who fright not being means to carry out a liquid of visitors in Dec 2012. Rommie, owners of a desirable cottages of a Presbytery with her husband, Sander, does provoke anyone. “Most business come to nature, to a Cathar castles. From time to time, a little come for energy, for Bugarach. we similar to starting up for a great view. But about energy, we do not know “.

a initial riddle, a answer is simple: by image tectonics, limestone strata comparison than 135 million years have arisen over precision in in between fifteen million years, reversing a sequence of a geological layers. Otherwise, it is insincere that a geographical upon all sides of a rise has catalyzed a visionary currents already during work in a area.

Who has not dreamed, in fact, a value of a Abbé Saunière, a clergyman mysteriously enriched after starting work in his church in Rennes-le-Château, a integrate of miles from there? (To visit!) Who did not let his aptitude ramble to follow a query of a final Cathars, a preferred as well as undiluted retreat upon a tops of breezy Corbières? (Surveying a busted castles in tall winds is a singular experience!)

 

At a tip of a peak. RICHARD DAVID

No need nonetheless
enigmatic beam to entrance a tip of a peak, that is value a glance, even a many Ampoules led pragmatic. A label or phone call to a House of Nature will do. The trail many Ampoules led taken from a neck of a Linas, 6 km from Bugarach. In reduction than dual hours, we have been right away during a top, considering a Pyrenees as well as a Mediterranean Sea. The approach called “the window” sneaks nearby a hole in a stone face. More air, permitted to great walkers, it takes dual hours from a pour out of Mathieux. The adore of upon foot will do a complete double back from a village. Between 6 as well as 7 hours, together with breaks. The event for a great travel in in between sky as well as earth.

Carole Rap

 

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Mount Bugarach

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

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

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

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

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

Testimony of Scarlett Amaris – Haut Razes - March 2008.

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

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

 

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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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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.
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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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Bugarach, le village qui attend l’apocalypse

Bugarach, le village qui attend l’apocalypse | Bugarach | Scoop.it

 

[a podcast in French]

Un documentaire d'Olivier Chaumelle et Rafik Zenine sur France culture : 

http://www.franceculture.fr/player/reecouter?play=4284053 

 

Bugarach est un joli village de l’Aude, au pied de l’imposante montagne du même nom, qui est le point culminant des Corbières (1230m), et le lieu de pas mal de croyances modernes très diverses et étonnantes. En 25 ans, dans ce pays cathare propice aux mystères et légendes – le trésor de l’abbé Saunière à Rennes-le-Château par exemple – la montagne est devenue mythique. Beaucoup de gens disent y avoir été témoins de phénomènes paranormaux, avoir vu des ovnis, prétendent que le Bugarach abrite un gigantesque garage d’engins extraterrestres ou recèlerait un trésor incommensurable. L’énergie formidable qui naît du Bugarach, qui procure un ressourcement très net aux personnes qui en effectuent l’ascension, viendrait du vortex tellurique qui en jaillit et met en communication la Terre et le Ciel.
De surcroît, il serait le lieu où les élus seraient sauvés de la fin du monde, laquelle interviendra, comme chacun le sait d’après le calendrier maya, le 21 décembre 2012. C’est pour bientôt !
Ce documentaire explore la naissance et la persistance de ces mythes modernes.

Avec :
Jean-Pierre Delord, maire de Bugarach ;
Marie-France Garraude-Pasty et Alain Pasty, auteur de Une déchirure dans l’espace-temps aux éditions du Temps Présent ;
Thomas Gottin, auteur de Le phénomène Bugarach : naissance d’un mythe aux éditions L’Œil du Sphinx ;
Pierre Guillien, géobiologue ;
Yves Lignon, mathématicien ;
Nicolas Marlin, libraire à Rennes-le-Château ;
Philippe Marlin, éditeur à L’Œil du Sphinx ;
Jean-Luc Rivera, organisateur des Rencontres de l’Imaginaire de Sèvres ;
Genny Rivière, auteur de L’Appel du Bugarach aux éditions des 3 monts ;
Et la voix de Jean-Louis Dumiot-Mendy.

Production : Olivier Chaumelle
Réalisation : Rafik Zenine

Thème(s) : Information| Société| Bugarach| fin du monde| mythe

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Bugarach « The Shadow of Lucifer

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For End of the World, a French Peak Holds Allure

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Bugarach, http://bit.ly/vJJs3i mysterious village in the south of France, linked to the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery. The only place where you can survive the end of the world on 21.12.2012. So they say.

A place with a mysterious mountain. http://bit.ly/teZDCD 

 

Now it’s infested with tourists http://bit.ly/rUCVIV looking for disaster.

 

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The Magic Mountain

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Pech de Thauze is better known as Bugarach – the name of the village that sits at the bottom of its slopes. Bugarach is an impressive mountain, which has always spoken to the imagination of the local people. But today, its mystery has been eclipsed by another village, that of Rennes-le-Château, which in distance is close, but in interest, has attracted most of the attention.
Still, Bugarach has its own mystery, specifically the mysterious adventures of one Daniel Bettex, who came to the site, went on underground expeditions… and eventually lost his life in these endeavours.

 

Geological make-up

 

The entire region is limestone, and hence there are numerous caves. Bugarach has its fair share of underground caverns, some of which are unknown to the general public, some of which are known to certain “initiates” and some which have perhaps never been discovered. It is an area with large underground salt deposits, specifically in the neighbouring Rennes-les-Bains, whereas Rennes-le-Château is often said to have a large underground water tank, which might go as deep as several hundreds of metres. The underground network is complex, largely unexplored, and runs for miles. It is known that an underground river near Bugarach is connected as far west as Salses… no doubt before entering into the Mediterranean basin. The river does not appear on any maps, but underneath the surface, it runs its course.

 

Science fiction

 

Michel Lamy is the author of a book on Jules Verne, where he explores the possibility that one of the founding fathers of science fiction was aware of certain esoteric knowledge that he worked into his novels. Verne wrote about Bugarach and the existence of an underground civilisation. Lamy wondered whether he could find this access…
The tradition of entrances giving way to large subterranean networks sits within the pagan Celtic religion, in which hollow hills were deemed to be entrances to “other worlds”, specifically the realm of the fairies. These hills were not really hollow – but that is what they were labelled; other traditions described them as crystal or glass-like.
Lamy also referred to the work of Nicholas Roerich, who wrote: “After a hard voyage, if you did not lose your road, you arrive at the salted lakes. This passage is very dangerous. You will arrive then at the mountains of Bogogorch. There an even more perilous track starts…” We can only wonder about the similarity between BoGogoRCH and BuGaRaCH (the capitalisation is taken from the work of Michel Lamy).

 

The people of the underground

 

The famous underground world with its divine, otherworldly ruler exists in legend, where he ruled over a people that were sheltered from the piercing eyes of Mankind. The notion may seem strange, but the Fortean literature – and comic books such as Yoko Tsuno – is replete with stories of strange, otherworldly and/or alien civilisations hiding underneath the Earth’s surface. Some have even spun theories suggesting that the Earth itself is hollow – that this “fact” is known to a select few and thus part of a major conspiracy… and that this hollow earth would even be a hiding place for the Fourth Reich – surviving Nazis from World War II.
It is part of the mystic lore of Bulwer-Lytton in The Coming Race, in which these subterranean people use a mysterious power source, “vril”, which will one day leave its obscure hidings and enter into the light – making us into their slave race.

More science fiction

Verne drew the reader’s attention towards Bugarach, using many of the toponyms in the area in his novels. There is the reference to a “Clovis Dardentor”, which has been explained as being of interest to the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. In this novel, the hero seeks a fabulous treasure which he can find only by using geographical data and a select few documents. Alas, the deposit is impossible to locate – very much like Saunière’s.
Verne was not the only author with such an interest. There is Maurice Leblanc, Gaston Leroux, George Sand, Andre Malraux, Louis Fédié, Henri Boudet, Daniel Réju, Serge Hutin, Luc Alberny, to quote only those. It is a long list, but when one looks beneath the surface, it becomes clear that these authors belonged to various initiatory organisations, some obscure, others better known. But in all cases, the references are few and far between. Though clear works of fiction, they are nevertheless clearly “manmade”, written by a human being, conscious of what he is writing. Can it therefore be really a coincidence? Instead, is it certain knowledge that these authors are able to pass into the public conscience, who is unaware of it, and even those who are looking will never be able to say more than observe “the coincidence”, which is all that we can do here… but is it not like the magician, who is sworn to secrecy not to reveal his act, but who can nevertheless hint and point at the mechanism of his profession… so that those who are observant, will see and learn?

 

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