So will the world end on Dec. 24 after all? Many have pointed to the fact that the date the Mayans believe the world was created is identical to that of Dec. 21. That, though, is not entirely accurate. Furthermore, the Mayans themselves appeared not really to believe that the world would end. Some 80 percent of all known Mayan writings have been deciphered and most texts can now be interpreted with few problems. And there are several of them mentioning dates far beyond that of Dec. 21, 2012.
"You find dates in Mayan texts that are thousands or millions of years into the future," Grube says. But the texts underscore that the world still exists and the gods are still present.
In other words, the world may not, after all, come to a crashing end on Friday, though it could end on Christmas Eve. Before going out to buy extra water, however, it is worth keeping in mind that the Mayans weren't all that good at making predictions anyway. They forecast that their own cultures would survive for thousands of years. As it turns out, they were wrong.