Article Photos: Mexico's Mayas face Dec. 21 with ancestral calm 3/5

Donaciana Cupul cooks in her home, a traditional stucture, in the Mayan community of Hidalgo in Yucatan state, Mexico Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.  Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be.  In their heartland on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Mayas continue their daily lives. Many still live simply in thatched, oval, mud-and-stick houses designed mostly for natural air-conditioning against the oppressive heat of the Yucatan, where they plant corn, harvest oranges and raise pigs. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)