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End of the World Madness: People Swarm Temple -- Mayans Speak Out. (PHOTOS)

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Glad to be alive today?

The photo above was taken yesterday, December 20, 2013, a day before the world was supposedly going to end... according to the ancient Mayans.

A big crowd gathered in front of El Castillo in Mexico -- otherwise known as the Temple of Kukulkan, a Mayan structure built some time between the 9th and 12th centuries AD to honor the snake god Kukulkan.

People waited to catch a glimpse of Kukulkan before the Mayan apocalypse, scheduled to occur today, December 21st 2012... but the world is still here.

Some have geared up for this day for years. Stocking up with food and even going underground for shelter.

Was the world really supposed to end?

Not even the Mayans buy that story...

At least the ones living in the city of Merida, Mexico, don't. Neither does anyone in the Mayan village of Yaxuna. They know the calendar their ancestors left them is about to absolve a key phase -- the end of an era and the heralding of a new one -- but they don't think we're all gonna die.

"It's an era. We are lucky to see how it ends," 

said wood carver Santos Esteban in Yaxuna, a sleepy village of fewer than 700 Mayans, located in a territory that once belonged to the ancient kingdom founded around 2000 B.C.

He feels it is a momentous occasion and is looking forward to the start of the new age. He is not afraid.

"Lots of people say it's the end of the world, but we don't believe that.".

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