Mexico's Mayas Face December 21 Predictions With Calm
Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching it with calm and equanimity — the people whose ancestors supposedly made the December 21 predictions in the first place.
Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be.
In their heartland on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Mayas continue their daily lives, industriously pedaling three-wheeled bikes laden with family members and animal fodder down table-flat roads. They tell rhyming off-color jokes at dances, and pull chairs out onto the sidewalk in the evening to chat and enjoy the relative cool after a hot day.