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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Maidenscombe on February 28, 2014, 01:11:12 pm

Title: Ouija Boards
Post by: Maidenscombe on February 28, 2014, 01:11:12 pm
I'm looking into why or how Ouija Boards were started and who by.
I've heard they might be of French and German origin and that is mainly because of the name Oui and ja.
Also that it was a game that virtually stopped being used after it was shown in a film in the early 1970's The Exorcist.

Has anyone got any info?
Title: Re: Ouija Boards
Post by: Rich on July 12, 2014, 10:12:32 pm
It was an American invention from the late 19th century, with the word Ouija picked for sounding vaguely Native American and spirity (like the infamous 'Wgasa Monorail' - http://www.snopes.com/business/names/wgasa.asp ). The design originates from that initial product.

Prior to that, methods of 'spirit communication' that the Ouija is based off date back as far as the 12th Century. Here's a good article on the subject: http://mysteriousplanchette.com/History/history1.html