Proving once again that Serbia can compete with crazy all over the world hundreds of knuckleheads are flocking to hotels around a mystical mountain where they will wait out the Mayan apocalypse on 12-21-12. Believers of the coming doomsday are heading for Mount Rtnaj in eastern Serbia. Mount Rtanj is part of the Carpathian chain and has long been the subject of myths.
One old legend says that the mystic peak was home to a wizard guarding a great treasure. The treasure consisted of rakija and suvo meso and cartons of cigarettes. A more modern legend attributes the pyramid shape of the mountain to aliens. These rumors have made the rounds online: On one site, abovetopsecret.com, posters write of mysterious glowing lights and UFOs seen in the sky around the mountain and draw parallels between the peak’s shape and that of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. The theory is that the mountain holds an alien-built pyramid inside.
“In one day we had 500 people trying to book rooms. People want to bring their whole families,” Obrad Blecic, a hotel manager near Mount Rtanj, told the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, in the French Pyrenees, another supposed Mayan apocalypse “safe zone” has been closed for the alleged doomsday, with officials fearing an influx of doomsday cultists and journalists on Dec. 21. Like Mount Rtanj, France’s Pic de Bugarach is the center of rumors about UFOs and mystical powers. Believers think the mountain will open up on doomsday, revealing an alien spacecraft that will carry people to safety.
- Doomsday Cultists Flock To Serbian Mountain (news.sky.com)
- Doomsday fears spread to Serbia: thousands seek refuge near mystic mountain (talithaspraathuis.wordpress.com)
- Mystical ‘Doomsday’ Mountain Braces for Mayan Apocalypse (livescience.com)
- Serbian ‘doomsday’ mountain braces for end of the world tourists (mnn.com)