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Interesting myth: Ouija

25 Mar

Some have said that the Ouija, or spirit board, has been something that’s been around for centuries.  That it has the ability to speak to the dead and that it has been warned continued use would bring about a threat of demonic possession.  In truth, this object has a far less ominous past.

Because originally, all the Ouija board was created as was a board game.

My turn to talk to Elvis.

My turn to talk to Elvis.

That’s right, this board which has been connected to demonic possession, speaking with the dead and all things evil was nothing more than a board game.  In fact, it was only created in 1890, by businessman Elijah Bond (probably no relation to a Bond who has a penchant for shaken martinis), and has been distributed by Hasbro ever since.  It never even began as an object that could be used for spiritual communication until World War I when American Occultist Pearl Curran began popularising it that way.  As a matter of fact, the Ouija had popular use and was second only to Monopoly as a board game until 1972, when it’s decline was rather sharp.

All thanks to the movie the Exorcist, which used a Ouija board in the movie.

But all traces of the Ouija board having some sort of connection to demonic or spiritual use is pure fabrication.  Especially when one knows the history of the board, that it all began as nothing more dubious than a board game.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Fun, randomness

 

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13 responses to “Interesting myth: Ouija

  1. bunnyhero

    March 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    it was manufactured as a toy, yes, but the original intention was always about communicating with spirits. it was an improvement over existing gadgets. see http://www.museumoftalkingboards.com/history.html

     
  2. Tim

    March 28, 2013 at 12:01 am

    True, but the Ouija we know, the one that’s most purchased, was produced as a toy. That’s it. There was a belief that it did communicate, but not with spirits, but with the users subconscious. There have been other items which the Ouija was based on, but it’s origins weren’t mystic, it was purely for profit and the creation of a board game.

     
  3. nattietee

    April 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Have you ever used a board successfully alone?

     
  4. Tim

    April 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

    To be honest, no. And quite frankly, I don’t really put any stock in the use of the board, but it is interesting that the company that owns the rights for this item happens to be a board game manufacturing company.

     
  5. nattietee

    April 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I have. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, what it is marketed as or who owns it. If you put letters on a piece of paper and ask the unseen to come through, It can. It has more to with the persons level of receptiveness to the unseen. It is not a prerequisite for others to believe, but once you have proven to oneself without a doubt there is something out there, there is no longer a debate in your mind. However not everything that may come to someone on these things is benevolent. They are often marketed as games, but you may end up messing with something you never wanted to. First hand experience.

     
  6. Tim

    April 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    To be honest, even that doesn’t state that it’s nothing more than a board game. Many, including some who have used the object before, have stated there is a great possibility that it’s not contacting the great beyond, but the user’s sub concious. The aspect of the individual is actually sub consciously doing everything. This is one of the better articles I’ve read on the matter. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/07/-is-there-anybody-there.html
    Here’s another.
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/science/ouija-board-gives-psychologists-access-to-unconscious-mind-293087.html
    And another.
    http://sciencebasedlife.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/ouija-boards-paranormal-fantasies-of-the-subconscious/
    And here’s another.
    http://www.disinfo.com/2012/07/ouija-boards-give-voice-to-the-unconscious/
    And as this article states, the Ouija board began in 1890 “as a parlour game”.
    http://www.skepdic.com/ouija.html

     
  7. nattietee

    April 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    You are right there is nothing to say it can’t be used to connect with the subconscious. However, when you contact something else. You know.

     
  8. Tim

    April 9, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I was kind of certain those links sort of backed up that theory about the subconscious.

     
  9. nattietee

    April 9, 2013 at 7:11 am

    And what happens when the action is no longer on the board or in your hands?

     
  10. Tim

    April 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Is there actually any proof of this happening, outside of a B-Grade horror movie or from the Exorcist?

     
  11. nattietee

    April 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    It happened to me. You don’t have to believe me, I’d be hesitant myself to believe it if it didn’t happen to me. All I know is that when I hopped on to that colorful board game that can be bought in any bookstore named the psychic circle. I got more than I bargained for. I guess it was a blessing in disguise though because as a result I have started to explore spiritualism. At first though It scared the bejeezus out of me though. I wouldn’t recommend a Ouija to anyone who didn’t somehow know what they are doing.

     
  12. Tim

    April 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I can’t say what is correct or incorrect, but that doesn’t remove the fact that in the end, the Ouija board was originally made as a parlour game. The fact also still remains that it is owned by Parker Brothers, which is a division of Hasbro. And the fact also remain that you can buy them in any board game or novelty shop.

     
  13. nattietee

    April 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I never disputed that.

     

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