People dressed as aliens

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How New Agers celebrated the Mayan apocalypse

People dressed as aliens gather in Bugarach, southern France on Dec. 21 for the Mayan apocalypse that was supposed to occur at 11:11 a.m. local time.

The small village is located near the Pic de Bugarach, a mountain that is popular with hippies and new age enthusiasts because of its unique geology. Due to an overthrust of the Iberian plate, the top layer of the peak is actually older than the bottom.

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People wearing tin foil suits

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Protective tin foil layer

A man dressed in tin foil gestures to the Pic de Bugarach on Dec. 21 while drinking beer and ringing in the end of the world with a friend also wrapped in tin foil in Bugarach.

This "upside down mountain" has spurred esoteric cult prophecies over the past several decades, including the idea that aliens living inside the mountain and will emerge during the Mayan apocalypse to save nearby humans.

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Three women dressed as aliens

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It's the end of the world as we know it

Women don green face paint and alien anetenna while waiting for the Mayan apocalypse to occur on Dec. 21 in Bugarach.

Worried about the possibility of mass suicides, the French government has spent the last several months preparing for an influx of journalists and new age believers by increasing police presence, discouraging tourism and blocking access to the mountain.
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Yoda with aliens

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A familiar face

People dressed as aliens pose for a photo on Dec. 21 with another person dressed as Yoda the Jedi master from Star Wars in Bugarach.

Even the town's mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord is urging folks to spend their Mayan apocalypse holiday elsewhere: "I am making an appeal to the world – do not come to Bugarach."

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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