Posted Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 4:15 PM
As small pockets of frenzied people around the world stock up on batteries and water ahead of Friday's "Mayan apocalypse," there's one group of people treating it as just another day: Mayans themselves.
The 800,000 Mayans in Mexico's Yucatan Valley still live in wood-and-stick houses and plan their lives by planting seasons and lunar cycles. According to the Associated Press, they don't have much of an opinion on the media frenzy. As one woman said, “Why get panicky? If something is going to happen, it’s going to happen.”
In fact, many archeologists now say there's no evidence that the Mayans ever prophesied the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. The Mayan Long Count calendar has little significance to the average Mayan and makes no mention of solar storms or any other cataclysmic event.
Instead, experts say the apocalyptic hoax has mainly been used as fodder for movies and marketing campaigns.