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Mysticism, Internet fuel Mexico's Maya "Armageddon" fears

The Maya temple of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent and Mayan snake deity, is seen at the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, in the southern Mexican state of Yucatan, in this picture taken May 3, 2012 and made available to Reuters on December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mauricio Marat/National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)/Handout

The Maya temple of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent and Mayan snake deity, is seen at the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, in the southern Mexican state of Yucatan, in this picture taken May 3, 2012 and made available to Reuters on December 17,...more

The Maya temple of Kukulkan, the feathered serpent and Mayan snake deity, is seen at the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, in the southern Mexican state of Yucatan, in this picture taken May 3, 2012 and made available to Reuters on December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mauricio Marat/National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)/Handout
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A Maya priest marries a couple in a Maya ceremony in Merida December 17, 2012. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A Maya priest marries a couple in a Maya ceremony in Merida December 17, 2012. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good...more

A Maya priest marries a couple in a Maya ceremony in Merida December 17, 2012. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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Men of Maya descent play baseball during a game between two villages in Oxkutzcab December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Men of Maya descent play baseball during a game between two villages in Oxkutzcab December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Men of Maya descent play baseball during a game between two villages in Oxkutzcab December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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Bride Luz del Carmen Mas (2nd L) gets married in a Maya ceremony in Merida December 17, 2012. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Bride Luz del Carmen Mas (2nd L) gets married in a Maya ceremony in Merida December 17, 2012. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or...more

Bride Luz del Carmen Mas (2nd L) gets married in a Maya ceremony in Merida December 17, 2012. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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A man of Maya descent stands near a cooler with beer during a baseball game between two villages in Oxkutzcab December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A man of Maya descent stands near a cooler with beer during a baseball game between two villages in Oxkutzcab December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A man of Maya descent stands near a cooler with beer during a baseball game between two villages in Oxkutzcab December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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People of Maya descent attend mass at a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

People of Maya descent attend mass at a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

People of Maya descent attend mass at a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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People of Maya descent attend mass at a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People of Maya descent attend mass at a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People of Maya descent attend mass at a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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People of Maya descent walk inside a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People of Maya descent walk inside a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People of Maya descent walk inside a catholic church in Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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People of Maya descent walk in the village of Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People of Maya descent walk in the village of Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

People of Maya descent walk in the village of Xul December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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Tourists climb down the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb down the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb down the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

Tourists climb the Maya pyramid of Nohoch Mul at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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A local waits to fetch tourists to the Maya ruins at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A local waits to fetch tourists to the Maya ruins at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A local waits to fetch tourists to the Maya ruins at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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A tourist walks on Maya ruins at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A tourist walks on Maya ruins at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia

A tourist walks on Maya ruins at the archaeological site of Coba December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Victor Gerardo Ruiz Garcia
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