An estimated 20,000 New Age believers who say the "upside down" mountain is home to aliens who will rescue them from an impending apocalypse have saturated a small French commune near the foot of the picturesque Pic de Bugarach.
The Independent reports the growing flock, who locals refer to as "esoterics," believe the world will come to an end on December 21st, 2012. They also reportedly believe that the unique mountain is in fact home to a race of alien beings that will emerge to rescue the gathered humans and transport them to a new civilization.Pic de Bugarach has long been famous because rock samples taken from its peak are actually older than points measured at lower elevation.
Scientists say that is because when the 1,230 meter mountain erupted its peak flipped upside down before crashing back down upon the mountain's base. The mountain is said to have played a role in inspiring everything from Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," to Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
"The BBC reports that the French government is concerned about mass suicides taking place near Pic de Bugarach in advance of the December 21 date and that there have been reports of "strange rituals" taking place there as well. more...
Esoteric is another word for Gnostic. There are no new heresies.
Just so we don't forget, New Age followers are still waiting for aliens to beam them up 15 years after the Heaven's Gate cult suicides on March 26, 1997 left 39 people dead. Read more:
Pic de Bugarach: French commune home to 20,000 ‘doomsday cultists’ awaiting alien salvation
...But of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone. And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark, And they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be... Matthew 24:36-39 Douay-Rheims Bible