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Fringe groups all set for end of the world



BUENOS AIRES—As mountaintops go, this one is for meditating. And the odd UFO sighting. But now it is closing for a few days to avert a mass suicide by folks girding for the world’s end.

That doomsday is indeed upon us—with Christmas just around the corner, heaven forbid—is one gloomy interpretation of a Mayan India calendar.

To wit, Dec. 21 marks the end of a 5,200-year cycle on the Mayan “Long Count” calendar.

It’s a cause for celebration for many in Mexico and Central America, but spells doomsday for some believers.

In China, police have detained more than 500 people from a fringe Christian group for spreading rumors about the world’s impending end.

In the Philippines, followers of a cult group said to be headed by a little-known movie actor have built a settlement on a hill in Surigao City that they claim will protect them from the “great darkness” that will begin on Friday.

In Argentina’s central Cordova province, fallout will be felt at a mountain called Uritorco, which was sacred for indigenous peoples when their numbers were still large in Argentina.

Authorities will shut down access to Uritorco from Dec. 20 to 22 because an appeal has gone out on Facebook for people to climb the hill on Dec. 21 and commit “massive spiritual suicide,” said Gustavo Sez, mayor of the nearby town of Capilla del Monte. That name means chapel on a hill.

“It was a decision taken by consensus, to preempt any distortion of the Mayan prophecy,” he said.

The peak is about 2,000 meters high and located in a tourist  area 750 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.

Young and not-so-young people climb up there to meditate and do esoteric stuff. In decades past, UFO sightings from its touchy-feely heights have been reported.

Awful news for tourists

The tourism industry is fuming with the temporary shut down.

Hotels and hostels nearby had been expected to house around 15,000 people just before Christmas. Tourism is the main source of revenue in the region.

Forget about all that money now, says Gabriel Schiaffino, head of the Capilla del Monte tourism association, who said he was puzzled by word of the mass suicide.

The hotel occupancy rate is now about 1,000 people “but we don’t think anyone else will come, which is awful news,” he said.

Is there is a silver lining anywhere? Yes.

Associations of people who like to meditate have appealed for a gathering on Dec. 21 in Capilla del Monte itself to mark the beginning of the new era, as per the mainstream, upbeat reading of the Mayan calendar.

“A lot of people mistake the day for the apocalypse,” said Machenka Jacobella, one of the organizers.

Mass arrests in China

Police seized leaflets, video discs, books and other apocalyptic materials in the recent arrests of more than 500 people across eight provinces and regions, from the prosperous east coast to less developed western China, according to state media reports.

Those detained are reported to be members of the group Almighty God, which is also called Eastern Lightning, after a phrase from the Bible’s Book of Matthew.

Widely regarded as a heretical Christian sect, the group preaches that Jesus has reappeared as a woman in central China. It has been accused of targeting Christians, kidnapping and beating them to force conversions.

Chinese society has been in tumult as decades of rapid free-market economic growth discredit communist ideology, loosen social controls and pull hundreds of millions from the countryside to the cities.

Into the spiritual void have rushed traditional Buddhist groups and Daoist practices, as well as evangelical Christian churches and other spiritual groups, some with unorthodox and apocalyptic visions.

Eastern Lightning first appeared around 20 years ago, and the official Xinhua News Agency said that its members had “recently latched on to the Mayan doomsday prophesy to predict that the sun will not shine and electricity will not work for three days beginning on Dec. 21.”

The state-run Huashang website last week, citing local authorities, reported that the group is urging followers to “exterminate the great red dragon”—a reference to the Communist Party—“and found a country under the rule of Almighty God.” Reports from AP and AFP


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  • pinoypenoy

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  • speaksoftlylove

    Rubbish! Mayans never predicted the “End of the World” which ignoramuses in our society believed in. In any of the relics of the Mayan culture, not a single sign or symbol points to the end of the world or earth as we call it. Instead, 12/21/12 is the “End of Time” in relation to their “baktun” or long count based on the galactic alignment of the Milly Way which our solar system belongs viz a viz the Black Hole, which is the center of our galaxy. But the growing pains or the coming galactic upheaval is for mankind to survive yet earth itself will not be destroyed. It will survive with a new, transformed, and purified mankind. This is the message that the Mayans wanted us to learn.

    • mamer2

      How can the Mayans compute the location of a Black Hole in the center of our galaxy…?
      Firstly, I do not think the Mayans knew 
      of the existence of any “astronomical black holes”;
      More so their knowledge, or lack of knowledge, of the size of our galaxy.
      Ignorant of our galaxy’s size…, how then could they plot its center…?

      • speaksoftlylove

        Ikaw rin si kspnincompooptamumd “which” pestered me when I posted about DNA. I would not want to glorify your post but just to reply to your statement that viruses do not have DNA, I assure you that you alone do not have DNA simply because you are a robot and robots do not have DNA, did you get it?

      • mamer2

        I do not recall posting that viruses do not have DNA.
        Your insulting remarks just show the limits of your intelligence.

    • ardong

      You seemed adept on the underlying principle of these Mayan Culture. Well, if it is proven many times in the past that it holds true, then what preparation do you suggest we should do? As Christian believers we do not believe in no other source of “end of times” but on the Holy Scripture alone. Please read Mathew 24 it is complete. But I admire your explanations and other footnotes are gratifying to reckoned with from the point of view of scientific empirical evidence. I cannot dispute your well- researched data. Whether it is end times and/or rapture as we Christian defines it, we looked forward to that event. Join us in welcoming Jesus Christ waving to us in the shadow of clouds – the whole world sees Him with His angels and start our journey to His promised paradise.

      • speaksoftlylove

        Agree. But you asked what sort of preparation? It’s clear as the dawning of the new age. The answer is spiritual preparation or renewal. Revelation simply means baring of some infinite divine knowledge to a purified civilization by the Divine Universal Consciousness. Call it God, Allah, Jehovah, Kukulcan or whatever, it”s the same Divine Universal Consciousness. This is what I believe in that will ultimately happen in the end, just like what the Bible says and what Jesus preached.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.l.hill.98 Lance Hill

    Anybody planning on commiting suicide in the US and in the Central time zone the end will start 9am on the 20th not midnight on the 21st because in Asia it will be midnight on the 21st stupid timezones lol

  • speaksoftlylove

    In addition, the message of the Mayan culture to future civilizations is practically the same as what the Revelation in the Bible teaches us and that is from earth’s entry into the Dark Rift as they call it, which is on 12.21.12, to the time it exits after ten year period, earth will suffer unimaginable violent upheaval. The same as what the Bible says thus, we will experience a seven year “trial and tribulation period.” After which Armageddon starts which is a war of survival obviously because mankind will be fighting for scarce resources after the galactic upheaval. Mayans did not specifically mentioned Pole Shifts but it can be gleaned by the prediction that the sun will not shine where it usually does. Pole Shift is not something new.  Black hole in the center of our universe and bending of space and time which is immeasurable under our current system hence, “end of time” are effects of the gravitational pull of the Black Hole. Pole Shifts and it’s disastrous effects is not something new. In fact, the greatest scientist in our civilization Albert Einstein believed in it and succinctly explained the “gravitational equinox” of which the Mayans termed as Dark Rift. It’s a Dark Rift because in this area the belt is composed of stellar debris composed of meteors, asteroids, comets, etc which will pose danger to earth. Einstein explained that when earth settles in the gravitational equinox or Dark Rift, space bends and time becomes three dimensional giving a situation that time travel is possible. No one believed Einstein at that time. In fact, he was asked sarcastically of what will be the sign or precursor that the earth is in that situation. Einstein gave them a clear sign and that is, the disappearance of honeybees in the jungles or forests. Scientific study now shows that the honeybees have long been gone. The scientific explanation is that they morphed into “killer bees.” The honeybees that are existing now are those cultured by businessmen selling honey which wsas cultured since time immemorial. Strangely, only more than 5 years ago that NASA confirmed what has been known to the Mayans 4,000 years ago.

    Previously, Perseid meteor showers only occurs once a year but this year it is occurring three times already. It is also in this year that we experienced three lunar and two solar eclipses, and the recurrent transit of ‘Venus  long predicted by the Mayan calendar. Brace yourself folks, it’s a bumpy ride ahead.

  • mamer2

    STUPIDITY, at its APEX..!
    Trusting/Believing in the Prediction of a Culture/Civilization made several centuries ago.
    A Civilization that could not even see the immediate future of its very existence.
    How foolish, naman, to be believing in this nonsense.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Finally, the Mayan calendar is no ordinary calendar. It is an astronomical device able to map out what lies ahead in our galaxy but abruptly ends in 12.21.12. It is more precise than the Gregorian calendar which we are using now. Mayan calendar even predicts the future position of the constellations. Note that just two years ago astronomers inserted Ophiucus, an additional 13th zodiac sign simply because the moon does not shine on it’s usual place anymore based on seasons. All these were taken consideration by the Mayan calendar. Mayans have never been proven wrong in their predictions. Their method of advanced mathematics is simply astounding to say the least. Kung sakaling magkakamali man sila ay ngayon pa lang. Sana mali sila but that is a very remote possibility.

    • http://Yahoo.com/ Ragdeleafar

      Has been said many times the Mayan Calendar states 12. 21.12  the end of the cycle of every 5,200 years not the ‘End of the World’! The works of GOD is perfect so nothing to worry about for there will be not even a slight turbulence, not even during the so called north pole shift, magnetic pull of whatsoever there will be counter pull from external heavenly bodies thus neutralized its effect in every direction of the planet earth? GOD KNOWS BEST rest assured we will be safe!!! Unless finally GOD’s will to end all things nothing extraordinary will happens for SURE! As usual everything will be NORMAL comes 12. 21.12!!!

  • DWAYNE11

    So what, if it’s the end of the world tomorrow. We are not the physical body, we are the divine spirit using this form as body. We are not dying only the form is diminish. If the Earth will destroy tomorrow, don’t afraid a new planet will emerge for humanity for new form and further evolution will start again. To remove our personal fear of ignorance, always Trust to the Great Divine we called God and “Let His Will be Done”.

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Is Walter Bishop and team included in these Fringe groups?

    I do think they are the best team for this.  After all,  they managed to maintain a Bridge between alternate universes.   This should be peanuts for them.

    And for the Group in China,  Eastern Lightning is not catchy enough.   Change it to Grease Lightning,  and everyone will be dancing!

  • bloodmaster

    Just in case people don’t know. 12:00AM Dec 21 in the Mayan Calendar is actually 2:00PM Dec. 21 here in the Philippines

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    “Never take life seriously, after all no one has come out of it alive” – from a philosopher named bugs bunny :-)

    so, the world will end.  now what?

  • Pork_Republik

     ”I could calculate your chance of survival, but you wouldn’t like it.”- Marvin

  • julieboy

    I would like to apologize for my comment on that group from surigao, I was not aware it was Ecleos group that are converging for the end of the world.I was wrong saying they dont kill or steal.That group are all criminals and murderers.Sorry about that.



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