(BELGRADE) — Hundreds of people are being drawn to a uniquely formed mountain peak in the Carpathian Mountains hoping that its magnetic force will save them from a coming apocalypse.
The pyramid shaped peak, the legend goes, was created by aliens many thousands of years ago.
“We all know that aliens have been there for thousands of years,” says Vladimir Petrovic, the editor of a Belgrade-based publishing company specializing in esoteric literature. “They may be the forces who will help us get through this time.”
The end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar, is scheduled for Dec. 21.
Their theory is that Mt Rtanj’s pyramidal structure which rises 5,400 feet (1.656 meters) in the Serbian Carpathian Mountains was shaped by aliens many thousands of years ago, and that it will radiate a force field that will protect everyone in its vicinity from the end-of-the-world disaster.
The legend has drawn hundreds from the region as well as Austrians, French as well as Australians.
For some it’s more than myth. A conference entitled the Rtanj-Galactic Contact has been scheduled for Dec. 21 to discuss the mountain’s alleged magnetism, and any possible connection to the apocalypse predicted in the Mayan calendar. In an expression of optimism, perhaps, there are meetings scheduled for Dec. 22 and 23, and all of this will get live TV coverage by the privately-owned broadcaster Prva Srpska TV.
Fear of a 2012 apocalypse has gone pandemic, with people buying candles and survival shelters in the U.S., Russia and China.
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