Mayan Calendar Doomsday Panic Hits Russia

New York Times reports strange December 21st phenomena in Russia, caused by humans:

There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia. Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built — out of ice — in Chelyabinsk in the south.

In Prison Colony No. 10 in the village of Gornoye, in November wardens told that anxiety over the Mayan prophecy had been building for two months, and some inmates had broken out of the facility “because of their disturbing thoughts.” Some of the women were sick, or having seizures.

More common are reports about panicky buying. In Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryatiya region, citizens have reportedly been hoarding food and candles to survive a period without light, following instructions from a Tibetan monk called the Oracle of Shambhala, who has been described on some Russian television broadcasts. A similar account appeared in a local newspaper in Omutninsk, about 700 miles east of Moscow.

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  • Adam Goodwin

    Feels like that long, anxious moment when the roller coaster is ratcheting up to the top of the first big hill. Clickty, clickty, clickty….

  • Liam_McGonagle

    ” . . . experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them.”

    I know I find nothing more soothing than the presence of an octogenarian paedophile in times of distress.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I like how the story pits the fears based on misinterpretations of a pagan religion against the powers of a xtian priest -and he vanquishes evil and quells the fears of the ignorant. Its like “Battle of the Apocalyptic Nut Beliefs”. I wonder if he calmed them by telling they were at least safe until JC sneaked up like a thief in the night to bring a 1000 years of war against the powers of Satan(LOL).

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Yeh or “don’t worry the hallucinations are just Satan trying to penetrate your soul and turn you into something like the possessed girl from the exorcist” – Yeah real calming.

  • Matt Staggs

    Seems like a good place for this:

  • BuzzCoastin

    > There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia.

    that’s like saying the sun came up this morning
    the US invaded a small Muslim, oil rich country

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    My greatest concern about this 2012 magick experiment is that it will have (un)intended consequences like many other global magick experiments. Mass suicide on December 21st anyone?

  • Chris Brown

    I’m getting suspicions that the one article doing the rounds may have been “sexed up” After several days and a bit of searching, not one photo or video of this alleged Mayan Ice archway… Hmm.

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