Apocalypse Right Now.

For as long as anyone can remember, people have been making a pilgrimage to Bugarach Mountain, France.  Bugarach, in the Corbieres Mountains, is upside down.  It blew up in its early life and landed with its peak in the ground.

Because of its odd appearance and a history of displaying tremendous energy, word is aliens have chosen to live in or under the mountain for thousands of years.  The aliens have access to special energy needed after December 21, 2012.  That’s when the end of the world occurs according to the Mayan calendar.  Mount Bugarach is “..one of the major chakras (center of spiritual power) of the earth, a place dedicated to welcome the energies of tomorrow,” an advocate told the New York Times.

The village located there expects thousands of campers will arrive soon and tax the local infrastructure.  The Mayor is worried.

As always, there are doubters.  Jesus told his followers there would be doubters about him as well.

I think we would all do ourselves a favor to read about people who believe such things.  They provide as insight into ourselves.

That there exist invisible beings who are able to help us through mythical catastrophes must be as old as human kind.  Certainly, the myths about Bugarach Mountain seem as real to the folks gathering there as the myths of Bible seem real to other millions.

One woman is celebrating the Spring, not by observing Easter, but by planning a post-apocalypse community based on love energy from  Bugarach Mountain.  Go girl.




4 Responses

  1. Henry

    Jon: “Go girl.”

    It is strange how Jon with much regularity endorses other religions as long as they are not Christian. Jon, are you an “instead-of-Christ”?

    1. Henry 2:41 “Jon with much regularity endorses other religions as long as they are not Christian”

      I have to admit I find little aliens using pent up energy more entertaining than sin and drinking the blood of Christ–but I don’t endorse either. I liked your comment.

  2. entech

    It seems pretty universal that unusual aspects of the landscape take on some kind of special significance.

    Lake Eyre in South Australia is about 4,280 Sq. miles although the basin is more like 463,300 sq. miles, rarely has water in it and even more rarely full (3 times in last 150 years). It has been this way for this way for longer than anyone can remember, it plays a big part in the creation stories of the Australian Aboriginals. The creation stories happened in “The Dreamtime” or during the “Dreaming”, archaeology suggests that they have been in Australia for over 60,000 years and they have rock art aged at 40,000 years. I wonder if I could get away with saying that the local tribes can trace it back to this age from their family genealogy, probably get laughed off the stage, but it is just as feasible as a biblical 6000.

    The Dreamtime stories are quite evocative (Dreamtime is a wonderful expression to depict that mixture of myth and magic, imagination and invention that all such things must be), near Lake Eyre are the Arkaroola ranges, threading through is the Arkaroola Canyon, or Gorge. The story goes back to the dreaming and tells of Akurra the serpent, Akurra drank the lake dry and on his way home his body bloated with salt water carved the gorges and created the water holes at his camping sites.
    During the day Akurra basks in the sun and his belly rumbling causes minor earth tremors, sometimes at night when the wind is blowing through the canyon the eerie sound is said to be his moaning from belly ache from all of the salt. I was there as a young man and I must admit the wind noises did evoke a sympathy for the story, so much more interesting than America’s Grand Canyon being carved out in a few minutes because the children of some mythical creator was upset with his creation and decided to drown them all. At least this has the immediacy of locality, not some ancient myth from half a world away.

    Maybe not an upside down mountain like France but demonstrates the need to explain that seems to be common to all people.

    Atkaroola has another fascination and I would like to go back again after fifty years, there is now one of Australia’s largest private astronomical observatories (three separate facilities) operating there with tours available, the ancient and modern, look back on (one story of) creation and look out on the cosmos.

    Just an aside, the whole area is very dry, hardly any rainfall, when I was there on a camping trip, there was some rare early morning rain. The whole landscape changed from a dirty grey, brown, not quite green colour to a mass of amazing colour. Wild flowers that are virtually dormant suddenly spring to life flower and seed and are gone again before sunset, to wait months or years for another go. Awe inspiring, but not a single thought of anything except the wonder and variety of nature (maybe if that sight did not make me a believer nothing will).

    1. entech 5:48 Great essay. I’ve wondered often about “oral history”, the term used to claim Biblical history. How accurate is it generally, and, are there circumstances where it is more accurate than others. I know in the U. S. there are often things about national news and events that happen to well known people that turn out not to be true. I remember it being widely thought that singer Johny Cash had spent time in prison. He is famous for his songs about prison life. He did once or twice visit a police station for his drug use, maybe spent a night in detox, but he was never in prison.

      There is a well know and colorful sport figure, Yogi Berra, who has always been know for his pithy sentences, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Somewhere along the line people started making up pithy sentences and attributing them to him.

      One can imagine traveling story tellers two thousand years ago traveling about telling stories of magical things they heard from someone else.

      Fascinating tale of your own about the camping trip and flowers.

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