UFO lovers, light-seekers and lawyers await Maya end of days
CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico (Reuters) - As pockets of anxiety crop up ahead of the day billed as the Maya apocalypse, a motley crew of New Age thrill-seekers, mystics and tourists have gathered at ancient holy sites in Mexico hoping to witness the birth of a new era.
In the Maya Long Calendar, Dec 21 marks the end of the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years.
In the 1960s, one respected United States (US) academic said the event might signify a possible "Armageddon" to the Mesoamerican culture, and the belief that Friday could be the world's last day has spread since.
But to many of the artists, hippies, lawyers and businessmen congregating in the nerve center of 12/21/2012 - the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza in southern Mexico - the day will be the culmination of a spiritual journey, the dawn of a new consciousness, or the wellspring of untapped energies.