4 October 2012, 13:22

Mayan prophecy: the world is coming to an end

Mayan prophecy: the world is coming to an end

This prophecy is one of the most popular mass media themes in the last 2 – 3 years. It appeared in the mid-70s, and according to it, the world will soon perish due to a planetary catastrophe, the Apocalypse will befall humanity, and there are only 80 days until this cataclysmic event...

That is how this incredible story, as if invented by Orson Welles or Howard Lovecraft, has become one of the most widely read on the Internet, attracting "clientele" of suckers for acute sensations. This crazy theory cropped up, naturally enough, in the United States in 1975. In 2009, a disaster movie “2012” was released based on the bestseller Mayan Testament by Steven Alten; the film enjoyed a worldwide success. And it was then that this theory has ceased to be a fairy tale and has become almost a reality. Pray, ladies and gentlemen!

Polls, conducted by the Ipsos Agency, show that 10% of the inhabitants of the Earth (and it is no less than 600 million people) believe in the prophecy that we will all disappear on December 21, 2012. But this study also shows how great man’s craving is for everything terrifying and scary.

The end of the world theory has always been a great success. France is not an exception. We have our own "national product" - Nostradamus, whose quatrains are still intriguing researchers.

In the 80s, the end of the world scenario assumed an outbreak of the 3rd World War against the USSR and the Warsaw Pact countries. Today, confrontation with the Muslim world is coming to the foreground. Each epoch has its own specialists on decoding quatrains, although none of them has managed to unravel their secret (and does a secret really exist?). Humanity is bored without sensations.

Hence, in 1999 a famous eccentric fashion designer Paco Rabanne predicted that the Mir space station would fall directly on Paris, killing thousands of people. But in fact, all these gloomy predictions are a profitable business bringing in a big revenue. Everything is being sold: amulets and nuclear shelters, special equipment and life-saving stonesfrom the village of Bugarach, France. It’s the Golden Era for supernatural objects dealers.

Just look through any free rag, read the ads of shamans, sorcerers and wizards, who promise you happiness, love and wealth for a couple of euros. That's beyond the Mayan calendar threatening to send us all to Heaven. But there is one place, the residents of which, according to the Franco-French legend, will be spared this terrible fate. We are talking about a tiny village of Bugarach in the Department of Aude. Its residents (of which there are 189 people, according to the 2007 census) could easily do without such advertising. Most likely, on the evening of December, 20, their number will grow enormously!

Indeed, hordes of gapers have already rushed there. They are so numerous that the inter-ministerial Commission for vigilance and struggle against sects has taken interest in this peaceful village.

Some people are already saying that the Mayan calendar was misinterpreted, and there was an error in the dates, just like in the case of Nostradamus. But Americans have already built shelters with food supplies and all that is necessary for surviving, consoling themselves that if the end of the world does not happen now, it will possibly occur tomorrow… Or the day after tomorrow? 

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