Hints of ‘End of World’ Panic in Russia and abroad

Mayan ‘End of World’ Stirs Panic in Russia and Elsewhere – NYTimes.com.

There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones.

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 — on Karl Marx Street in Chelyabinsk in the south.

For those not schooled in New Age prophecy, there are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Russia, a nation with a penchant for mystical thinking, has taken notice.

Last week, Russia’s government decided to put an end to the doomsday talk. Its minister of emergency situations said Friday that he had access to “methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet Earth,” and that he could say with confidence that the world was not going to end in December.

Religious and scientific leaders are speaking out assuring people that there is no validity to such rumors.

The article notes a case of what appears to be mass psychogenic illness at a woman’s prison. And cases of panic buying and hoarding to prepare for the date.

Last week, lawmakers in Moscow contacted Russia’s three main television stations asking them to stop airing stories about the Doomsdate. Also noted is how unscrupulous are trying to make extra money by promoting it.

We don’t see the panic occurring or being promoted yet in the U.S. or other parts of Europe.

Tip: David Wood

  13 comments for “Hints of ‘End of World’ Panic in Russia and abroad

  1. spookyparadigm
    December 2, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Wow. Shades of the first section of “The Call of Cthulhu,” in which for a span of a few days, supposedly unconnected rioting and suicides around the world are tied to an earthquake and widespread accounts of strange dreams.

  2. Nos482
    December 2, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Hey, you’re right… now, can anyone please tel me how to pronounce this:
    “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”

  3. EvilTwinSelf
    December 2, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    You just have to engage your lower mouthflaps with your mandibles in the correct way

  4. spookyparadigm
    December 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Eben Brooks does a decent job of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut82TDjciSg

  5. December 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Its pronounced just as its spelled.

  6. John Weber
    December 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I live in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, home of spectacular Mayan Ruins and people who are direct decedents of the Mayans. There is a great deal of activity here in anticipation of the end of the world–most of it designed to separate the gullible and credulous from their money. If the world ends,I suppose that won’t make any difference, but if it doesn’t, I hope the tourists can still pay their hotel bill when they check out on the 22nd or 23rd. Oddly, most visitors to Copan for the great event have hotel reservations past the 21st. Hmm, I wonder if that means anything.

  7. Lisa Barth
    December 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    FYI San Diego Channel 9 is airing a segment Monday morning on Good Morning San Diego which has the “experts” weighing in on the end of the Mayan calendar. Can’t watch, Gotta work but I’m wondering who the experts are.

  8. December 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    No real “expert” believes there is anything to it. It’s totally made up by new agers. So, can’t imagine they would be saying anything other than that.

  9. Adam
    December 3, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    I expect a few of them will be checking out permanently. I hope these hotels got paid up front and have their mops and buckets ready.

  10. oldebabe
    December 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Well, if I was incarcerated in a women’s prison in Russia (near the Chinese border? in Siberia…???), I’d get (and be) psychotic, too. 😉

  11. Richard
    December 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Probably a cheaper airfare for staying the weekend ….

  12. December 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    “Religious and scientific leaders are speaking out assuring people that there is no validity to such rumors.”
    That’s what they WANT you to think 🙂

  13. yourmommalovesmeRicardoCabeza
    December 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    The L is silent….

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