Thursday, April 10, 2008
Ask The Ouija Board?
Did you ever use a ouija board?They were popular at sleep overs and parties when I was youngerThat and table rapping seemed spooky fun and harmless.Later as I found out more about paranormal activity,and a personal experience,that changed.I would not use one now.
We discussed this in a forum on Etsy the other day.I have not catagorized all of the 181 responses but did go back over the first four pages.Those played out for "Ouija boards Pro or Con?" with 9 people saying it was dangerous or they would never use one.Two thought there was nothing to it.Three thought it was just fun,Here are some of the comments chosen at random
"I think they are the equivalent to saying hey anybody and everybody out there in the spirit world, come on in. I Hate Them"
"the information the ouija gave me was information that i knew already (a name). later, i found out that the name i knew for that person was a false name, and that i even had the spelling wrong (and the spririt had spelled it the way i thought it was spelled)
so, was it me and my subconscious? or was it some sort of spirit just responding on the basis of what i knew (and "reading" my
mind you, the in the middle of summer, while we were doing this, the room i was in got freezing cold and the lights were flickering.i'm torn"
"My mother used one once in our home when I was young and brought in something that scared the crap out of all of us frequently thereafter. I will never use one nor let my kids have one in our home."
"i played with one... but in retrospect, i can't say for sure if what was happening was a product of my conscience or of a spirit."
"Played it as a kid,but as an adult I don't mess with those things.I don't think people have any clue as to what they may be conjouring up-I don't think them as just a game."
"I played it in my adolescense and I was the one pushing it to depict messages from "dead people". So yeah, not a believer.
This fits with the findings of some research.We will talk some more later about some specific experiences people had.
Where did this thing come from and is it a game?
There are conflicting thoughts about the origin.One author says the board has been around since the time of the Roman Emperor Valens in the fourth century. It is also thought to have been used by the Greeks since before the time of Christ.
Another says Ouija boards came into existence as a parlor game in the mid-1800's, when spiritism and channeling were at the height of fashion.
The word "Ouija" is a blend of the French and German words for "yes." Adolphus Theodore Wagner first patented Ouija boards, sometimes referred to as "talking boards," in London, England on January 23, 1854.
In the patent, Wagner called his invention a "psychograph" and its purpose was to read the minds of people with "nervous energy." By 1861, Frenchman, Allan Kardac, was describing the Ouija board as instruments with which to open communications with the spirit world. In seven short years, the Ouija board had evolved from a mind-reader to portal of communication with the dead.
A sort of definition/description indicates
The theory behind the practice of using the board, and the placing of fingers on a glass or slidable message indicator, is to facilitate communication with the spirits of the dead. Once fingers are lightly placed upon the apparatus of choice, a question is asked out loud and the spirits are said to reply when the tumbler or 'planchette' (slideable apparatus), appears to move of its own free will. It is sometimes thought that the spirits are invoked or channeled and work through the fingers of the operator(s) by moving the planchette towards letters, words or numbers.From these letters and numbers it is hoped that intelligent messages will build up to answer any given questions put to the board. Many ouija board users claim that often information is imparted that no one present could possibly have known. Such claims over the years has helped to add to the whole aura of danger and mystery which still surrounds the ouija board today
The Ouija board was first introduced in the United States in 1890 as a parlor game sold in novelty shops. E.C. Reiche, Elijah Bond, and Charles Kennard created a new design. They spread the letters of the alphanumeric in twin arcs across the middle of the board. Below the letters were the numbers one to ten. In the corners were Yes and No.
There are several theories about the origin of the term "Ouija". According to one of these, the word is derived from the French "oui" (for "yes") and the German/Dutch "ja" (also for "yes"). An alternative story suggests that the name was revealed to inventor Charles Kennard during a Ouija séance and was claimed to be an Ancient Egyptian word meaning "good luck.".
However Ouija is not the Egyptian word for good luck. Since the board repeatedly told Kennard that Ouija was the Egyptian word, the name stayed.
In 1966 the Parker Brothers purchased the rights to the Ouija Board and shifted its manufacturing facilities to Salem, Massachusetts. "Ouija" is a registered trademark.
Reportedly ot says ...A Game Or Is It?
Today, it is found in all discount chain and toy stores.Unfortunately someone said in Walmart they were low on the shelf in easy reach of children.I agree with the mother above who said she would never let her children have one.
I had a terrifying experience trying to get rid of one when my daughter was a pre teen.Will tell you about that and some other even more upsetting experiences of others,