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Who are the Atalas

In my final research plan, I studied the rituals of people at Piedmont Park and what they go there to do. I recorded my observations and followed comments made previously to narrow down my research to one region and focus on the rituals that go on in the park. I recorded the information by typing it. The final research plan is exhibited by the following questions.

  1. Location and dates?

Piedmont Park

  1. What do people do on park?

Sprawling park made up of jogging paths, basketball courts, dog parks, a farmers’ market and more.

  1. How many people? What age, genders?

Too many people come to train and relax in the park as well as attend events such as 4th July.

All genders and age come to the park

  1. Is there food or drink or bicycles to rent?

Yes there is small food court and there are social bicycles to rent.

  1. Are there staff or security?

Yes the park has police and other security staff.

  1. Do people talk to each other?

Not always only people who come to join yoga group.

Trifolis-Who are the Atalas

I had heard of a place called the Trifolis. People in my home town who had visited the place talked about it in low tones like it was a secret that was meant to be kept. My curiosity piqued and I decided to visit this famous land to see first-hand why it was a place that people were afraid to talk about. Trifolis belongs to the Atalas and is a place where anyone can go including strangers so I was not afraid of visiting the place.

I arrived at the place after a long journey and I was taken by the sight. The place was free space and was phenomenal looking. I proceeded to tour the free space. There were hard snake routes all over the place with Atalas rushing like they had somewhere to be in a hurry. As I sat down on a grass patch near one of the hard snake routes, I concentrated on one small woman wearing funny regalia. She was among the rushing people and passed me without acknowledgement. After a short while, the same small woman passed me again and then again and the fourth time I decided to inquire into this funny situation. I was concerned that if she was running late for something, she would be late because despite the rushing, she seemed to rotate around the same place going nowhere. I stopped her and inquired as to what she was doing. She looked at me oddly and proceeded to say that she was rushing round in circles because it was her choice. I was astounded. Why would anyone want to rush around and go nowhere? She then proceeded to say that the rushing helped her body become smaller and stronger. I bought the idea because she was so tiny and as I took over to watching the rest of the rushing people, all in funny regalia, I realised that they were either very tiny or had fat hard legs and arms. Some however were wobbly and I proceeded to believe that they were in the process of becoming tiny just like the rest of the rushing people.

I spotted another funny ritual and moved to the hard square where a bunch of yoyos were jumping about. Here, I met a very chatty Yoyo. I asked him what ritual was going on and he asked me if I was a visitor to which I replied I was. He kept using the word ‘yo!’ in every answer he gave. I found this strange. He explained that the ritual was called Kaket. The game was strange because the yoyos kept snatching or throwing a round instrument at each other and tried putting it into a basket tied on a long pole. These yoyos were strange people. The basket was so high that they had to jump and I wondered why they did not tie it at a lower level so that they did not get tired of jumping all the time. I asked the yoyo the reason for the ritual and he said that it was for friendly purposes. Suddenly, a fight broke out and the yoyos began throwing punches, I moved away wondering why the ritual was friendly and hostile at the same time.Who are the Atalas

After this, I spotted a sign saying ‘Canis ground’. Here all types of canis were running around and jumping up and down. Some had long ropes and their owners pulled them in every direction. The canis only went where the owners led them, when they tried to run away, they would be pulled back and stopped. The owners of the canis were also very weird people. They kept throwing artefacts away and sending the canis to get them. The canis would go get the artefacts and not eat them and return them to the owners. I wondered what the point of inedible artefacts was and why they kept sending the canis back and forth. The canis were also funny and kept going to get the artefacts instead of just giving up. I spotted a Tot and asked what she was doing with her canis. She said that they were playing and Canis was also getting exercise. I did not understand why these canis would want to play and exercise. I asked her why they did it and she said that canis spends a lot of time in their restricted bases.

In another ritual, the olderlies and yoyos were many and seemed to be communicating through their ritualistic dance. Only one yoyo was speaking and she seemed like the power. These olderlies and yoyos contorted their bodies into all kinds of shapes. Sometimes they looked like flying birds. Other times, they took the shape of snakes, other times their heads were raised and looked like they would pop out. This ritualistic dance Atalas all seemed to shape their bodies according to what the power said. The yoyos and olderlies did not talk much. It was as if the Atalas participating in this ritual dance could not pronounce speech although they heard it. On their feet were small flat plastiques that they lay on at certain times. There were watchers like me who stood on the side-lines and only looked on. I excused myself to the nearest watcher and asked about yet another ritual where some Atalas were busy putting up red, white and blue paraphernalia.

He said that the following day there would be a major ritual at the Atalas. I asked for further explanations to understand this new ritual if he didn’t mind. He explained that this expected ritual was so important that it only occurred once in a year. He said it was known to the Atalas as the 4julies. He said that the Atalas and the surrounding regions were once under the power of terrorisers who ruled them by force. The Atalas and surrounding regions decided that they had had enough and fought back for their land. The 4 Julies therefore was a ritual day for the ritual of self-power. He said that on this special ritual day, the Atalas usually left their restricted areas and walked to the Trifolis or used powered machines in locomotion to the Trifoli’s if their restricted areas were a bit far.

Further he said that all paraphernalia on this day are white, blue and red as a show of self-power. People came to the Trifolis to participate in the rituals together, eat and drink and when the sun went down, people threw sky fire up to mark the ritual. The people would throw sky fire into the atmosphere and make strange noises. On this day unlike other days, outsiders conversed with each other because their hearts seemed to be on fire. Their eyes were extended, the mouths were stretched and the arms seemed to be constantly in the air and they produced melodic sounds. The Atalas took this ritual very seriously and every Atala participated.

The Terminology Conversion Table

Terms used in article Original Term
1.      Trifolis Piedmont Park
2.      Atalas Atlanta people
3.      Free space Park
4.      Hard snake routes Jogging paths
5.      rushing jogging
6.      funny regalia Jogging clothes
7.      body become smaller and stronger Fitness
8.      tiny fit
9.      wobbly people Fat people.
10.  Yoyo teenager
11.  Kaket Basket ball
12.  round instrument ball
13.  Canis ground Dog park
14.  Tot Child
15.  Restricted bases Homes
16.  olderlies Adults
17.   she and he Gender :male and female
18.  big shades umbrellas
19.  flat soft disks pizza
20.  multi coloured liquid Soft drinks
21.  buyables goods
22.  small bits of paper Money
23.  merchants Stall attendants
24.  Outsiders strangers
25.  Ritualistic dance Yoga
26.  The power Leader
27.  Plastiques Yoga mats
28.  watchers Spectators/ observers
29.  4julies 4th of July celebrations
30.  Terrorizers Colonialists
31.  Self-power Independence
32.  Powered machines Cars
33.  Locomotion Driving
34.  Sky fire Fire works