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The whole world is talking about the Mayan Apocalypse, which is scheduled for Friday. But what do real life Mayans think?
In voices that will surely be drowned out in the frenzy over the Mayan Apocalypse, real life Mayans say it really is the end of the world.
Well, the end of the world as we know it, anyway.
The Mayan 'Long Count' calendar runs out on Friday, which New Age jibber jabberers have widely predicted means an Apocalypse.
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Opinion is divided on whether the end will come via a planetary collision, a reversal of Earth's poles, or with zombies. Many people are banking on the zombies.
But Mayan elders say it is not so much a doomsday approaching as an Age-of-Aquarius-esque 'transformation'.
Mayan leader Grand Elder Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj, otherwise known as 'Wandering Wolf', told the makers of the film Shift of Ages that we are at a crossroads and we need to transition to unite humanity.
In an equally clear explanation, Mayan elder Don Carlos Barrios says people have not read the signs correctly and that on Dec 21, everything will change – there will be a "rebirth".
"Humanity will continue… but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human," he said.
Another Mayan elder, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, told The Telegraph that he was "fed up" with questions about the end of the world, and that the doomsday theories are a Western invention, not Mayan ideas.
Today's Mayans are descendants of the ancient Mayan civilisation which crossed from Mexico into Central America. The Mayan civilisation started to collapse in the 8th Century but Mayans, their culture and languages still exist today.
Joseph Gelfer is an expert on spirituality and the Mayan Apocalypse and a researcher with the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University. He is surprised that people are apparently making jokes about the Mayan Apocalypse because he "expected it to be taken seriously right up to the final day".
He has developed what he calls the 'Gelfer Prophecy'. He says people will use the date as a catalyst to make things better, to change their lives.
"Let's imagine there are all these people on the beach at Byron Bay looking out at the horizon waiting for the Mayan Apocalypse to take place," he told News.com.au.
"Then they turn away from the beach, go back to their rented Kombi vans, and realise they have to make the changes themselves."
Mayan Liborio Yeh Kinil spoke to Associated Press, saying "If something is going to happen, it's going to happen".
"Why get panicky?" he asked.