Girding for Mayan doomsday

December 20, 2012
A chicken's head lies on an altar of offerings during a private ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala on Thursday. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. (Moises Castillo / Associated Press)

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