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A Mayan dancer performs at the Xcaret Eco Theme Park on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity, the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown

Thousands of

mystics, New Age dreamers and fans of pre-Hispanic culture have been

drawn to Mexico in hopes of witnessing great things when the day in an

old Maya calendar dubbed "the end of the world" dawns on Dec. 21.

But many of today's ethnic Maya cannot understand the fuss. (AP)