Mayan apocalypse: Serbia's mystic mountain targeted by believers
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.
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Fears that the end of the world is nigh have spread across the world with only days until the end of the Mayan calendar, with doomsday-mongers predicting a cataclysmic end to the history of Earth. Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year "Long Count" Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported...
( via telegraph.co.uk )
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