Cuba Santeria Priests Reject Doomsday Prediction

Published January 2, 2012 5:18PM (EST)

HAVANA (AP) — A body of top Afro-Cuban priests are predicting a year of change and upheaval in 2012. But they say fears the world may end are wrong.

The priests say in an annual message released Monday to look out for major problems such as earthquakes and global warming, as well as the possibility of matrimonial discord at home.

That may not be a very cheery account, but it's a lot better than the fire-and-brimstone prophecies that some have attributed to the Maya, whose calendar cycle ends on Dec. 21, 2012. The priests say that they see a spiritual end to old things, but not a physical end to the planet.

By Salon Staff

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