Saturday, July 25, 2009
Recently I read an article that Hasbro has introduced a series of The Ouija Board in electric colors.Will this enhance the purchase by Tweens,Teens,and College bound girls to "match their room?" no doubt they think so.The regular style has long been as one mother said "On or near the bottom of toy shelves in Walmart,ToysRUs, and other stores in easy reach of children."She considers that dangerous.
Some time ago I did a few posts on this blog (4/11/06) with a video and comments of Etsy Artists indicating that it is not a "game"and can be dangerous.As one said "It opens portals" allowing bad spirits or any old spirit to enter,They may lie to mask their evil intentions.Some have had horrible experiences while others laugh off what happened to them.
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.
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.
The Ouija board was first introduced in the United States in 1890 as a parlor game sold in novelty shops.
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 (one of the three who revised and introduced it) 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 the box says ...A Game Or Is It?
The American demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, stated that "Ouija boards are just as dangerous as drugs."
On the subject reviewed by skeptics is the curious ending with "As a final note about this enigmatic subject; the Ouija Board, whether it be deemed apparatus to communicate with the dead or simply something to help demonstrate harmless psychological behaviour, it is probably best avoided.
The earrings illustrating are from http://nursesnaturally.etsy.com
Designed for "fun" not use...