ABOUT a thousand people are gathering in Byron Bay at the weekend, expecting the fulfilment of the Mayan prophecy that the world as we know it will end late on Friday.
Or maybe not.
In the words of a high-profile attendee, American self-help author Barbara Marx Hubbard: ''The Mayan calendar has said something is coming to an end, but what will be born?''
Destruction: a still from a film depicting the end of the world, 2012. Photo: Supplied
Such a gentle interpretation of the Mayan prophecy does not suit all tastes.
For those with a more apocalyptic bent, the world is supposed to be wiped out by either a natural disaster or a collision with another planet, called Nibiru.
The 13th and final period of roughly 400 years, known as a baktun in the 5125-year Maya Long Calendar, finishes on the summer solstice of December 21, 2012. In Australian Eastern Daylight time, the universe supposedly switches its lights out at 10.11pm on Friday.
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