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.
Delord describes the recent surge of visitors to the area 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.”
He added with a smile:
“I suppose it’s up to each of us to find our own way.”