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Mayan Apocalypse Countdown

The Mayan calendar comes to an end on 21 December, leading pessimists to predict the end of the world, while optimists believe it's a new beginning.
So whether you're preparing to celebrate or commiserate, we've got you covered with our complete guide to the coming apocalypse.

So what's it all about?

Beware the Sky Caiman or New World Order

To say the Mayan calendar system is difficult to interpret is an understatement!

As a culture they revered complicated mathematics, midwifery and craved a linear approach to keeping track of time.

Only four Mayan documents remain that shed light on their beliefs. All point to the end of the Mayan calendar system finishing December 21, after it has completed its 13th cycle (5152 years long), known as the 'Great Cycle of the Long Count'.

In one of the four surviving Mayan calendars, titled the 'Codex Dresdensis' a 'sky caiman' is pictured vomiting water, often interpreted as signifying the end of the world.
After that, who knows? Some predict the calendar's end equals the end of all days, or the start of a new beginning.

And that's the important bit. What will December 21 bring for humanity? Will it usher in a new age of peace, love and understanding or force us all to reconsider our place on the food chain as we duck, cover and reload?

Either way, Matthew King has uncovered a bunkerload of ideas and equipment to keep you and your family safe:

Inside the world of doomsday preppers.