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Mayan Calendar End of The World: Mayan's Not Worried About Dec. 21, 2012 Doomsday

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Dec 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST

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According to the Mayan "Long Count" calendar it is the end of the world tomorrow, or some interpretation of it. Dec. 21 2012 marks the end of a 5,125-year cycle in the Maya Log calendar which could be interpreted as an Armageddon or end of the world type scenario. The Telegraph reported that despite the looming doomsday predictions, many of today's ethnic Maya are not concerned.

For the western world, the end of the world has become a seeming fad, fed by the masses."It's a psychosis, a fad," Psychologist Vera Rodriguez, 29, a Mexican woman with Maya descent said to The Telegraph"I think it's bad for our society and our culture."

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit Chichen Itza on Friday, reported The Telegraph, just in time for the end of the world. "It's a date for doing business, but for me it's just like any other day," said drinks vendor Julian Nohuicab, 34, an ethnic Maya who works in the ancient city of Coba said to The Telegraph.

"We don't believe it," said Socorro Poot, 41, another woman of Maya descent said of doomsday to The Telegraph. "Nobody knows the day and the hour. Only God knows."

Many Mayan people in the Yucatan Peninsula are also greeting Dec. 21 with calm

"People believe that they're going to see a change, in humanity, in our thinking, that there should be a return to nature," A local museum guide in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chan Poot said to USA Today. "This won't be anything like the world ending, or a meteor crashing, or extraterrestrials arriving."

Jose Manuel Ochoa who is an archaeologist and director of the Maya Ruins at Coba said that the Mayan calendar has been interpreted in a number of ways and that Mayans were known for their ability to measure time.

How the idea sprouted that the Mayans predicted the end of the world remains a mystery to many. José Manuel Ochoa, archaeologist and director of the Mayan Ruins at Cobá, says the Mayans were known for their ability to measure time, and the Mayan calendar has been interpreted many different ways.

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