The man in the photo is a resident Bugarach, France, who is saying, “Don’t come to my village for the end of the world.”
Okay. We won’t.
But apparently thousands think it’s the place to be Dec. 21 when the Mayan Calendar runs out of days. The reason is that the French village of 200 is nestled at the base of a peculiar mountain that is attracting the throngs who hope aliens will save them from the end of the world.
According to The Inquisitr, the pilgrims, already more than 20,000, believe that when Doomsday arrives, aliens will appear in UFOs at Pic de Bugarach to rescue all people awaiting them. They will be flown off and relocated for the dawning of a new age. BBC reports that for years, there have been rumors circulated on Internet that Pic de Bugarach is home to powerful aliens and that on apocalypse day, December 21, the top of the mountain will open and the UFOs will emerge to rescue those gathered in the area.
The mountain is called the “upside-down mountain” because, according to geologists, its top layer is an overthrust from the Iberian plate, and is older than the bottom ones. According to French tradition, the mountain inspired Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
The local authorities have grown nervous about the goings-on in the area, fearing the possibility of a mass action such as suicide. They have asked the French government to move troops into the area for security. According to The Independent, more than 100,000 are expected to come to the mountain in time for the 21 December “beaming up” of believers aboard UFOs.
BBC reports that a special parliamentary committee has warned that the sects may commit mass suicides in 2012 if the spaceships do not come to save them. A report alleges some people have bought land in the mountains and are planning to building bunkers where they may survive the expected catastrophe at the end of the world.
The mayor says the villagers are worried about these goings-on: “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.”
Not to outdone by the French, some American travel agents apparently are offering special one-way deals to Amageddon.
We are weary of the Dec. 21 hype – and have been so for some time – but we couldn’t pass up this one. After all, you don’t hear much about upside-down mountains.