Hotels at the base of a supposedly mystical mountain in Serbia are being inundated with booking requests from people who are convinced that the end of a Mayan calendar heralds the destruction of the world on Dec 21.
Hotel owners around the pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj, in the east of the Balkan country, say that bookings are flooding in, with believers in the prophecy hoping that its purported mysterious powers will save them from the apocalypse.
Adherents of the end-of-the-world scenario think the 5,100ft-high mountain, part of the Carpathian range, conceals a pyramidal building inside, left behind by alien visitors thousands of years ago.
Arthur C Clarke, the British science fiction writer, reportedly identified the peak as a place of “special energy” and called it “the navel of the world”.
Doomsday cultists believe that it emits special energy that could be channelled to protect them from the end of life as we know it.
“In one day we had 500 people trying to book rooms. People want to bring their whole families,” said Obrad Blecic, a hotel manager.
Predictions of an apocalypse are linked to the fact that the 5,125-year-old calendar of the ancient Mayans, who dominated large stretches of southern Mexico and Central America centuries ago, comes to an end on Dec 21.
The doomsday scenario has inspired hundreds of books, websites and television programmes but scholars of the Mayan civilisation, and Mayans themselves, say people have wrongly interpreted the meaning of the calendar and that it will not herald the world’s obliteration.
But that has not stopped fears that the end of the world from spreading panic among the credulous across the world.
Panic-buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, and in the United States the sale of survival shelters is booming.
A mountain in the French Pyrenees that cultists claim will be the only place still standing is to be closed to visitors to avoid chaos and overcrowding on its peak.
New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-topped mountain outside the tiny village of Bugarach, in the Pyrenees. …
Happy 12/12/2012! We have our secluded spot reserved for the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. What will you be doing with your last few days?