Apocalypse in 2012? No, says Mayan elder

MEXICO CITY — Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it's not the end of the world.

Or is it?

Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff."

It can only get worse for him. Next month Hollywood's "2012" opens in theaters, featuring earthquakes, meteor showers and a tsunami dumping an aircraft carrier on the White House.

Chile Pixtun, a Guatemalan, says the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas.

A significant time period for the Mayas does end on the date, and enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments they say coincide in 2012.

But most archaeologists, astronomers and Maya say the only thing likely to hit Earth is a shower of New Age philosophy, pop astronomy, Internet doomsday rumors and TV specials.