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World survives as Maya 'end of days' marked in Mexico

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many...more

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
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People embrace near the base of the Uritorco hill in the Argentine city of Capilla del Monte, Cordoba province, as they count down to the end of the 13th bak'tun in the Maya Long Calendar December 21, 2012. Social media spread fears that a mass suicide was being planned on Uritorco hill, a mountain popular among UFO spotters in Argentina. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz

People embrace near the base of the Uritorco hill in the Argentine city of Capilla del Monte, Cordoba province, as they count down to the end of the 13th bak'tun in the Maya Long Calendar December 21, 2012. Social media spread fears that a mass...more

People embrace near the base of the Uritorco hill in the Argentine city of Capilla del Monte, Cordoba province, as they count down to the end of the 13th bak'tun in the Maya Long Calendar December 21, 2012. Social media spread fears that a mass suicide was being planned on Uritorco hill, a mountain popular among UFO spotters in Argentina. REUTERS/Mariano Paiz
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A Mayan shaman blesses tourists at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

A Mayan shaman blesses tourists at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years -...more

A Mayan shaman blesses tourists at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
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Tourists practice yoga at the ruins at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Tourists practice yoga at the ruins at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400...more

Tourists practice yoga at the ruins at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
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Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many...more

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
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People stand around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion", (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20, 2012. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. The Chi Ixim church is a sacred Mayan site. Picture taken with long exposure. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

People stand around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion", (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20,...more

People stand around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion", (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20, 2012. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. The Chi Ixim church is a sacred Mayan site. Picture taken with long exposure. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many...more

Tourists meditate at the archaeological site of the Maya civilization of Copan December 21, 2012. Mystics, hippies and tourists descended on the ruins of Maya cities to mark the close of the 13th bak'tun - a period of around 400 years - and many hoped it would lead to a better era for humanity. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
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Musicians perform around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Musicians perform around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz...more

Musicians perform around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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A woman looks on at a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

A woman looks on at a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region,...more

A woman looks on at a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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People pray as they walk around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

People pray as they walk around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta...more

People pray as they walk around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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Mayan priest Carlos Tun blows a conch shell horn during the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion" (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. The Chi Ixim church is a sacred Mayan site. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Mayan priest Carlos Tun blows a conch shell horn during the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion" (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region,...more

Mayan priest Carlos Tun blows a conch shell horn during the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion" (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. The Chi Ixim church is a sacred Mayan site. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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People pray around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

People pray around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region,...more

People pray around a sacred fire during the pre-Hispanic mass of "The welcome of the Grandfather Sun and of the Sacred New Fire to the Humanity", to receive the 13th Baktun, in the morning, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 21, 2012. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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Performers in costumes take part in a Mayan Culture Festival to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, in downtown Copan December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Performers in costumes take part in a Mayan Culture Festival to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, in downtown Copan December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has...more

Performers in costumes take part in a Mayan Culture Festival to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, in downtown Copan December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
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A man arranges pre-Hispanic symbols and the Guatemalan flag (C) before the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion" (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. The Chi Ixim church is a sacred Mayan site. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

A man arranges pre-Hispanic symbols and the Guatemalan flag (C) before the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion" (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta...more

A man arranges pre-Hispanic symbols and the Guatemalan flag (C) before the pre-Hispanic mass of "Segunda Conexion" (Second Connection) to commemorate the 13th bak'tun, an epoch lasting roughly 400 years, outside the Chi Ixim church in Tactic, Alta Verapaz region, December 20, 2012. On December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. The Chi Ixim church is a sacred Mayan site. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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Residents with green-painted faces wear Bugarach T-shirts as they walk in the streets of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

Residents with green-painted faces wear Bugarach T-shirts as they walk in the streets of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has...more

Residents with green-painted faces wear Bugarach T-shirts as they walk in the streets of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
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People dressed in green costumes imitating extra-terrestrials talk with journalists while in the view of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

People dressed in green costumes imitating extra-terrestrials talk with journalists while in the view of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for...more

People dressed in green costumes imitating extra-terrestrials talk with journalists while in the view of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
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A television camera sits on a tripod at the entrance to the village of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

A television camera sits on a tripod at the entrance to the village of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal...more

A television camera sits on a tripod at the entrance to the village of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
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People dressed in white costumes imitating extra-terrestrials, with the message "Roswell Inside", gather in the view of the Peak of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

People dressed in white costumes imitating extra-terrestrials, with the message "Roswell Inside", gather in the view of the Peak of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France...more

People dressed in white costumes imitating extra-terrestrials, with the message "Roswell Inside", gather in the view of the Peak of Bugarach, December 21, 2012. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France and surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
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