End of the world on the Mayan calendar (30 photos)

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For some time, forecasters worldwide frightened us gloomy date - December 21, 2012. This day, as the date of the apocalypse predicted by the Mayan calendar. Previous doomsday scheduled for January 1, 2000. Date of end of the world comes from the Mayan belief that the gods created the previous three previous world before placing humanity on the fourth. The previous three World is thought to have existed only 13 baktun (baktun is a period of 144,000 days), the overall cycle duration of 5.125 years. According to the ancient Great Mayan calendar, the end of the 13th Baktun, that is, on Friday, 21 December 2012, will be the end of an era. The era, called the Maya fourth Sun, and there will come a new - Fifth Sun. However, some scientists extrapolated the mountain end of an era as the end of the world. And in many parts of the world, some people continue to prepare for the potential death.

1. A man takes part in traditional spiritual ceremonies during the festival of the Mayan culture in Merida, Mexico, December 15, 2012. According to organizers, the purpose of the festival - the maintenance of the Mayan culture and promoting intercultural dialogue. Many doomsday predictions are based on the end of the Mayan calendar.



2. The priests of ancient Mayan beliefs perform the ritual of purification in Guatemala during the celebration of December 21 end of the Mayan cycle, known as the 13th baktun. While some are predicting the apocalypse of the 13th baktun, others say the date marks the beginning of a new era of the Maya.



3. Maya priest performs the rite of purification in Guatemala during the celebration of December 21 end of the Mayan cycle, known as the 13th Baktun.



4. The priests of ancient Mayan beliefs perform the ritual of purification in Guatemala during the celebration of December 21 end of the Mayan cycle, known as the 13th baktun. While some are predicting the apocalypse of the 13th baktun, others say the date marks the beginning of a new era of the Maya.

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