Re-read and try again without inserting an unintended and unwelcome bias.
Woah, woah, woah!
U/D, you said this: "but for all intent purposes...it's kinda like the Romans... they're gone."
Sunnygal was simply clarifying for the rest that the Mayans, as a people, are not gone, as you specified (and neither are Romans), which, since that point took up the largest paragraph in your original post (10 sentences of 13), seemed to be the point of it.
There is no active Mayan religion. No active Mayan culture. No real Mayan cities. No Mayan literature. Not even a real Mayan people left. Yes I know there are decendants of Mayans and vestiges and remnants of that once great people... but for all intent purposes...it's kinda like the Romans... they're gone. But somehow their "end of the world" date is propagated and known.What's not real about 6 million Mayans alive today?