The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

Mayan mania: End of times or new era?


Preparations are underway in Mexico and Guatemala to celebrate the start of a new Mayan calendar on December 21. Travis Brecher reports.

(Transcript):  What better place to celebrate the end of times than in a town known as "The End" in the Mayan language?

As thousands prepare to celebrate the start of the new Mayan calendar on Dec 21, tourists are heading here to the remote Mexican town of Xul to usher in a new era.

The end of the current Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, has sparked fears that it could spell the end of days. But many local indigenous Mayans are perplexed by the apocalyptic paranoia, saying it's a misinterpretation of their beliefs.