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French Mountain Offers Doomsday Salvation


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A French mountain that has attracted New Agers since the 1960s has been revealed to be home to an alien space craft. When the world ends in less than nine months, the aliens waiting inside the ship will save all the humans nearby and transport them to a new age.

UFOThat’s what a growing group of hippies in the Pyrenean village of Bugarach are telling themselves, anyway.

As the date – 21st December - approaches, rituals on the Pic de Bugarach grow more and more bizarre. The locals have grown used to seeing New Age climbers in the nude, and now hikers have been seen carrying a ball with a golden ring up the mountain, strung together by a single thread, amongst other strange activities.

The area has seen a spike in interest from hippie hikers – Jean-Pierre Delord, the village’s mystified mayor, told the Independent that more than 20,000 people have climbed the mountain this year alone to see the ‘alien garage’.

He has asked the French authorities to send the army if things get messy; the BBC reports that a special parliamentary committee has already warned that sects may be considering mass suicides in 2012.

France’s sect watchdog, Miviludes, is keeping an eye on the situation – which seems to be escalating. Over 100,000 are expected to pilgrimage to the mountain in time for doomsday. And this is not just a local phenomenon - American travel agencies have started offering one-way deals to the village to witness the end of the world.

Delord describes the situation as ‘bewildering’, but hopes that ‘after 21 December, this will surely return to normal.’

And what then? ‘I'm sure we'll have a little fete to celebrate that we're still alive.’ The mayor remains philosophical – ‘I suppose it's up to each of us to find our own way.’

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