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Bugarach: the French village destined to survive the Mayan apocalypse
The Guardian ^ | 19 November 2012 | Angelique Chrisafis

Posted on 11/27/2012 7:01:29 PM PST by Alex Murphy

Bugarach, with its two narrow streets, 176 residents, little agriculture, scores of wild orchids and virtually no pollution, 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", or as CNN put it, "the doomsday destination".

According to a prophecy/internet rumour, which no one has ever quite got to the bottom of, an ancient Mayan calendar has predicted the end of the world will happen on the night of 21 December 2012, and only one place on earth will be saved: the sleepy village of Bugarach. The mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, a farmer in his 60s, first spotted the apocalyptic forecast online two years ago after being alerted by a villager. He mentioned it at a council meeting, suggesting special security measures, perhaps army logistics, to handle an influx of visitors in December 2012. Someone at the meeting told the local press and before long world news agencies and Japanese TV crews were pacing the cobbles asking baffled villagers their views on armageddon.

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"The village has always attracted people with esoteric beliefs, they were here before and they will come afterwards, but this is something quite different," Delord says. This corner of southern France has long been a cauldron of mystic fables and occult conspiracy theories. Nearby Rennes-Le-Chateau, described in the Cadogan Guide as "the vortex of Da Vinci Code madness", is famous for its riddles of hidden treasure and a supposed cover-up of Jesus and Mary Magdalene's married life in France. All around is the countryside of the Cathars, the mysterious and persecuted medieval heretical sect, who have now inspired a local tourism drive. Nostradamus is said to have spent some of his childhood in nearby Alet-les-Bains.

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According to a prophecy/internet rumour, which no one has ever quite got to the bottom of, an ancient Mayan calendar has predicted the end of the world will happen on the night of 21 December 2012, and only one place on earth will be saved: the sleepy village of Bugarach....

...."The village has always attracted people with esoteric beliefs, they were here before and they will come afterwards, but this is something quite different," Delord says. This corner of southern France has long been a cauldron of mystic fables and occult conspiracy theories. Nearby Rennes-Le-Chateau, described in the Cadogan Guide as "the vortex of Da Vinci Code madness", is famous for its riddles of hidden treasure and a supposed cover-up of Jesus and Mary Magdalene's married life in France. All around is the countryside of the Cathars, the mysterious and persecuted medieval heretical sect, who have now inspired a local tourism drive. Nostradamus is said to have spent some of his childhood in nearby Alet-les-Bains....

1 posted on 11/27/2012 7:01:33 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

The space aliens will preserve Bugarach.

2 posted on 11/27/2012 7:09:29 PM PST by colorado tanker
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And on Dec. 22, everyone will forget this village again, to the great benefit of its residents.


3 posted on 11/27/2012 7:16:16 PM PST by txrefugee
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And on Dec. 22, everyone will forget this village again, to the great benefit of its residents.

Nope. Once a place has a hippie infestation, you never really get rid of them.

4 posted on 11/27/2012 8:05:44 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (By doubting we come to inquiry, and through inquiry we perceive truth. -; Peter Abelard)
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Did someone say hippie infestation?


5 posted on 11/27/2012 10:16:36 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Alex Murphy

Isn’t there a Jimmy Buffet song about this? It will be summer in South America in December. Who wants to be in some crummy French place in winter?


6 posted on 11/28/2012 3:24:08 AM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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