Rumors of 3 Days of Darkness in China, Candles Out of Stock
Created: 2012-12-07 19:10 EST
There’s no better way to face the end of the world than with a candlelight dinner. At least that’s what it seems resident in China’s Sichuan province have decided.
The rumor mills have been working overtime on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblog. Since the beginning of the month, searches for “Mayans” have shot up and fears of Armageddon are on the rise.
Many now believe that on December 21, the day the Mayan calendar ends, three days of total darkness will descend upon the Earth. There will be no electricity, no power, no sun, or stars. And so people are buying candles. Lots of them.
[Miss. Li, Resident in Jiujiang County of Sichuan Province]:
"(The candles are) out of stock. I heard of it before. People say that there will be no light, no electricity, no nothing."
Grocery stores are complaining that droves of people are buying up their entire stock of candles. At first it was a mystery to store owners until the rumor became widespread.
[Mr. Ba, Netizen in Sichuan]:
"(People believe the rumor) mainly because there's no independent media in China. Most information in China is blocked. People often get information from gossips. It seems that gossips hold more weight than China's official reports, because they don't report truth anyway."
But candles aren’t the only way some people have decided to cope with concerns about the end of the world.
Lu Zhenghai spent his entire lifesavings on building an ark. The problem is it only holds 20 people. And he ran out of money to finish it.
Many trace the roots of Armageddon fears to the 2009 Hollywood disaster film, “2012.” The movie was a smash hit in China, possibly because the Chinese military saves the day at the end.