The Straits Times
Published on Dec 22, 2012

Amazingly, world survives Maya 'apocalypse'


TIKAL, Guatemala (AFP) - A global day of lighthearted doom-themed celebration and superstitious scare-mongering culminated Friday at the temples of the Mayan people, whose calendar sparked fears of apocalypse.

Dec 21, 2012, marked the end of an era that lasted 5,200 years, according to the Mayan "Long Count" calendar.

Some believe the date, which coincides with the solstice, marks the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs.

But "No, no," scholars and native elders said - it just marks the end of the old Mayan calendar and the beginning of a new one.