Mayan Apocalypse MythsThe calendar may read December 18, 2012, but the end of the world is still several thousand years away, say the Mayans of today.

It seems that the idea that the world will end on December 21, 2012 did not come from their ancestors, but rather from their government and tour groups looking to make a quick buck off a myth.

According to Maya alliance Oxlajuj Ajpop, all these stories about a doomsday foretold by the Mayan Long Count Calendar were nothing but lies about the Maya time cycle.

“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit,” said Felipe Gomez, the group’s spokesman, according to IBI Times.

The small town of Sirince, Turkey, which in ancient times was considered a Greek city, is definitely benefiting from all the hype.

It is estimated that this week, approximately 60,000 tourists will make the trek to the small town, hoping that something fantastic will occur on December 21.

Don’t get your hopes up, though. NASA has already debunked the Mayan apocalypse myths, even if it does look to be a little hot on Friday.

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