A sky caiman vomits water on one of the last pages of the 12th-century Dresden Codex, also known as the 'Codex Dresdensis', one of four historic Mayan manuscripts that still exist in the world and that together suggest modern civilization …
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MEXICO CITY - Mexico's archaeology institute is downplaying theories that the ancient Mayans predicted some sort of apocalypse in 2012.
But the institute acknowledges that a second reference to the date exists on a carved fragment from a ruin site in the country's south.
Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History has long said rumors of a world-ending or world-changing event in late December 2012 are a Westernized misinterpretation of Mayan calendars.
The institute repeated Thursday that "western messianic thought has twisted the Mayan cosmovision."
Most experts cite only one surviving reference to the date in Mayan script on a stone tablet. The second reference on a fragment was found at a second ruin site.
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