Apocalypse 2012 Redux

This is 2011 already  and  for all we know the world may end before the end of 2012, as presaged by increasingly frequent reports of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods and other global catastrophes from Haiti, Chile, the Gulf of Mexico to Russia, Pakistan, Australia and beyond.

All this was  predicted by some ancient mystics and many modern day internet hustlers and travel agents! Yet there’s one magical place long believed to be fated to escape this Apocalypse. So business is booming,  the blogsphere is abuzz and an obscure village in France is about to be overwhelmed by the invading horde of pilgrims, new age survivalists, ‘esoteric’ fanatics, and just curious tourists.

But, what about you? What have you done? Are you ready and prepared for the doomsday? If not, take the mystery out of the secret with the 2012 Secrets Exposed, and get your 2012 Survival Guide before it’s too late. Not sure? Check out an old blogpost here,  to make sense of all these and get a more detailed purview.

The doomsday scenario is nothing new, and can be traced back to many religious    beliefs and folklore from the ancient Mayan, Babylonians, Hindus or even the Hopi Indians, spanning several millennia.

What is new now is a different perspective based on recorded history, church records and local folklore. Also new is the power of internet chat rooms, forums and social media sites to generate and spread rumors, gossips, supposed  exposé  of secret and sacred topics and even serious research.

The buzz is about a mysterious, impressive and sacred mountain, often called the Magic mountain. Pech de  Thauze, better known now as Bugarach, the village at the foothill of the mountain of Bugarach  has featured in countless legends and myths.  From  Nostradamus and Jules Vernes  to George Sand, André Malraux, to Dan Brown and recent science fiction enthusiasts and film makers it had fascinated, inspired and haunted many people. Even General Moshe Dayan of Israel was rumored  to have been personally interested in Daniel Bettex’s work (cf. below).

It was venerated by the Cathars who built many castles and chateaux around the valley.The survivors of the ancient Atlantis are believed to have settled under the mountain, their advanced and purer civilization supposedly evinced by the subterranean network of lakes, caves, and mines.  There are believed to be secret getaways to the “other world” under the mountain, which has been claimed by some to be the actual Mountain of God, hiding the Ark of the Covenant inside the mountain.

The Ark of the Covenant has been a recurrent theme in many real and mythical accounts, most notably by Daniel Bettex. The real life adventures and studies by this Swiss researcher and spelunker, and his mysterious death, are intertwined with the Bugarach mountain. Bettex undertook his search and research on behalf of the French Society of Cathar Research, keeping in constant touch with  the Society’s secretary-general Lucienne Julien , whose painstaking recordkeeping remains the official research report. In addition, Bettex took many sketches and photographs in the belly of the mountain, some of the pictures showing several stone structures inside the cavity. These stones carried graffiti, some of which looked like  drawings of a coffer and a stretcher, with an uncanny resemblance to a typical Ark carried on a stretcher. Did this signify the Ark of the Covenant? If so, was the Bugarch Mountain the resting place of the Ark?
The normally taciturn Bettex didn’t disclose much about the progress of his research, until a few days before his death. He was reported to have been very excited with his discovery and about to reveal his findings.  There are many versions and accounts of his mysterious death; but they all suggest that his remains and the venue  of his research were buried by a collapsed mine and promptly sealed with concrete; what a vivid meaning to the word “cover up”?
There were rumors that General Moshe Dayan warned Bettex against touching the Ark of Covenant  – probably as far fetched as the earlier reported interest by Himmler and the Nazi party about the magic mountain.
For serious study on the subject,  there’s a confusingly abundant trove of valuable data on the web., notable among them being  the Société Perillos and the Bibliotecapleyades websites.

But the real “magic” of the magic mountain is genuine science fiction. The mountain is  supposed to have an unusually strong magnetic field, so that no airplane would ever fly over the peak. The only safe operators would probably be Alien spaceships and UFOs that have always existed in local (and even not so local) imagination and folklore.
But this is contradicted by yet another rumor: Georges Pompidou once flew in a secret helicopter flight over the peak of Bugarch?

We’ll probably never know the truth!

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