Beijing, Dec 18 (): China is taking December 21 seriously as the Chinese think the world is about to end – Malcolm Moore reports.
A survey done for Reuters at the start of this year, reports China ranks the highest when it comes to end-of-the-world fears. In the survey, nearly 20 percent expect something to happen on December 21, 2012.
In China, fear that something might happen on December 21,2012 to bring the world to a halt reached the public very badly from the super hit Hollywood disaster film “2012″. The movie received warm welcome everywhere in China and the viewers were seduced by the plot that saw the Chinese military build arks to save humanity.
From the start of this month, millions have used the word “Mayans” on Weibo as normally phlegmatic Chinese guess that the end is approaching. One popular site said that if the Mayans are right, I won’t pay my credit card bill.
Lu Jiehua, a professor in the Department of Sociology at Peking University, told a general anxiety is running through Chinese society.
In the Sichuan province, candles are selling by the hundreds, with buyers constantly coming to the market. Many stores have run out of candles said a shopkeeper at the Neijing Wholesale Market, to the West China.
A post on China’s version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, said that there are predictions that there would be complete darkness for three days continuously when the catastrophe arrives, which has created panic.
Lu Jiehua said this buying of candles in panic in Sichuan province not only shows the fear of people about upcoming catastrophe, but also reveals their sense of uncertainty towards life and society.
But, NASA is continuously taking efforts to dismiss the fears of doomsday. It says there is no evidence of the existence of Nibiru, and rumours it could be hiding behind the sun are unfounded.