1 / 16

People gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

People gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown

December 21, 2012

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)