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Published on Dec 20, 2012
As the December 21 Mayan apocalypse approaches, those convinced that the world is about to end are making plans.
With only one full day to go before the apocalypse, believers have made tracks for Mayan sites in Central America where they will await the fulfillment of what they see as a thousands-year-old prophecy foretelling mankind's doom.
Dotted with towering limestone structures Tikal is known as the New York City of Maya ruins. In recent days guards have been throwing out naked women dancing and chanting around fire pits, and local hotels are fully booked for tonight as doomsday-mongers descend for their final night on Earth.
The area is most familiar to cinema-goers as the moon Yavin 4, the rebel base in "Star Wars," and has also attracted film fans seeking to witness the apocalypse where" the force is strong."
According to Ricardo Alejos, the president of Guatemala's Star Wars fan club; "Something big is going to happen. The Maya were an incredibly precise people."
Dec 21, 2012 sees the end of the 13th and final baktun in the 5,125-year Maya Long Calendar and, according to some, the world will end at 11.12am GMT, the time of the summer Solstice. That will be just before sunrise in Tikal. Those in the UK will have time for breakfast.
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