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12/13/2012 10:26 am ET Updated Dec 19, 2012

The End Of The World, The Mayan Calendar And Some Of Latinos' Most Popular Superstitions

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Most Popular Superstitions In The Latino Culture
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Most Popular Superstitions In The Latino Culture

The most anticipated day of the year, Friday, December 21, 2012, is finally approaching, and while for many Latinos this event represents the end of the world, and the revelation of the Mayan prophecies, for others it is just pure superstition and nonsense.

This phenomenon is consistent with the closure of the Mayan calendar, which some fear indicates there will not be a future. Meanwhile, new age philosophers have simply interpreted this as a transition or a kind of start to an important positive spiritual transformation on Earth.

However, neither of these definitions have come to convince scholars and experts, who say there is not enough evidence to verify their accuracy.

These predictions born in "new world" countries with high indigenous populations, in addition to influences brought in by European and international travelers, have impacted over time the heart of Hispanic traditions and other cultures, making many a tangle of superstitions.

Some beliefs have religious origins, others simply may seem strange, but it all comes down to how our ancestors saw the world and dealt with the unknown. Check out above many of the most popular superstitions flavored with some Latino essence, and add to the list on the comment section.

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