The French village of Bugarach is fast becoming the New Age mecca of sorts as hippies the world over are converging on the tiny, remote French town in order to survive the coming Apocalypse on December 21st, 2012, much to the shagrim of French authorities.
The village started out with a population if just above 200.
But then “they” started rolling in with their RVs, tents, and other such camping equipment.
These hippies, called “esoterics”, believe that on December 21st of this year, the world is going to come to a stunning end as foretold in the Mayan long count calendar, thus killing off all living things from the surface of the Earth.
Except for anyone in Bugarach, that is…
See, the people in or around Bugarach are going to be saved because on December 21st, just as the Gates of Hell are opened and all manners of evils are loosed upon the Earth, the Pic de Bugarach will open up and from within the mountain UFOs will rise up and beam aboard those present, whisking them away to a long and happy future of enlightenment and ecstasy.
Now the worry isn’t that the oddly shaped mountain of Bugarach is inspiring the imagination of a few thousand people…
It is said that Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth) and Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) were inspired by the mystical energy and mysteries that have always surrounded the Pic de Bugarach.
The concern is that this is going to end in suicide.
Inspired by Apocalyptic “prophecies” said to be found in the Mayan Long Count calendars, there is nothing concrete to base this belief so widely being held by these empty vessels…
Nothing except the random statement made by a man only known as Jean who built a yurt (a yurt is a tent like structure)in the woods at the base of the mountain:
“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.”
Something tells me these wise words were said in between bong rips…
But it- along with I’m sure a few carnies in Europe making a few shekels for themselves in Europe going on the European version of Coast to Coast AM to sell their horse shit stories about UFOs in mountains filled with UFOs- seem to have been enough to draw some 20,000 pilgrims to the site, with thousands expected to be on site for the big day.
Fearing a mass suicide (or worse, a 30,000 strong nightly drum circle), Bugarach mayor Jean-Pierre Delord has requested that the French government send in the armies, stating:
“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… I suppose it’s up to each of us to find our own way.”