From Fright and Destruction to Must Haves

August 14, 2019

Warning: If you come across something that says it names is Zozo say goodbye immediately. Do not continue on. 


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An Ouija Board is known throughout the world as something that only brings fright and destruction, but to others, it is a must-have item. Many people have had some truly terrifying events, my mother and aunts included. While many have had complete silence or nothing but good accounts.


Like many things, you need to research before heading in eyes first. Throughout history, you've come across those who took it to be a game. Sure, the toy companies have been producing it as just that, a game. But It is way more than just something to play with day in and day out. There are rules one must follow, But before you get to the rules, you need to know exactly what you are dealing with.


These mysterious talking boards have been seen many a time in the board game aisles today or many big-name stores. The board itself is flat with the letters of the alphabet placed in two semi-circles above the numbers 0 through 9. The words “yes” and “no” are written in the uppermost corners and “goodbye” placed at the bottom. A planchette, which is a teardrop-shaped device, usually with a small window in the body, is used to move about the board.

The idea was that two or more people would sit around the board, place their fingertips on the planchette, pose a question, and watch, dumbfounded, as the planchette moved from letter to letter, spelling out the answers seemingly of its own accord. NEVER PLAY ALONE!


The biggest difference is in the materials; the board is now usually cardboard, rather than wood, and the planchette is plastic. That isn't to say that you won't find any made of wood. They are floating around you just have to have a good eye.


In these times you'll come across a homemade Ouija Board before you come across a store brought one. I was one who decided that I should make me one at the age of 19. I left it in my closet for a few days as I thought deeply about whether or not I should use it. The home we lived in at the time was already riddled with a few ghosts that seemed to enjoy my room. So I made the decision to get rid of it instead of using it.


What is A Ouija Board?


Essentially A Ouija Board is something that is used to communicate with those no longer of this realm. Often called a "Spirit Board" or a "Talking Board".


"Talking boards existed years before Ouija," Murch says. Some pre-1886 Ouija boards looked like Ouija boards, and some didn't. Murch says early versions featured different ways of receiving messages. Some used dial plates, in which you pressed your hand on a device and the pressure directed a needle to different letters. Other fortune tellers relied on knocking sounds on the bottom of a table to convey messages.

Some devices even used planchettes (Myth says it's named after a French medium, but it's a word for a small board dating back to medieval France). Often, these early planchettes had a hole so a pencil could write the answer.



Where did they get the idea to create the Ouija Board?


The Ouija Board was not the first "Talking Boards". The earliest mentions of a version called “fu chi” date to the 12th century, during China’s Song Dynasty the ouija board is found in China around 1100 AD, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty, until forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. The Ouija Board has since become a household name.











The makers of the first talking board asked the board what they should call it; the name “Ouija” came through and, when they asked what that meant, the board replied, “Good luck.” (Robert Murch)

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