Ghost Hunters of Asheville offer 3 interactive tours: the Downtown Interactive Tour, Ghost in the Graveyard tour and the Haunted Montford Stroll. All guarantee paranormal photographs and offer free use of ghost-hunting equipment. This blog features photographs and information of our nightly adventures, ghostly discoveries plus general paranormal information.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Ouija Defined, Pt. I
is familiar with Ouija Boards, having seen them in the toy and game aisle. Hasbro markets Ouija as a harmless parlor
game, but there are plenty of people who consider the Board anything but
harmless. As is said: Forewarned is to be forearmed.
Boards have been around so long, no one really remembers where they came from –
or when. Morocco, China and Egypt are some of the places cited; spirit and
talking boards other names. The Ouija moniker is said to have either originated
from the Moroccan city Ouija (Oujida or Oudjda), the Egyptian word for good
luck (which it isn’t), or a combination of the French and German words meaning “yes."
Boards were patented in London in 1854 and arrived in the United States in 1890
as a harmless parlor game. A spiritualist, Pearl Curran, redefined the Board as
a portal to speak with spirits during WWI. Ouija was most popular from the
1920s through the 1960s.
But Does It
believers say the Board helps us to communicate with the spirits of the dead. In
contrast, psychologists cite the ideomotor effect – the unconscious movements
of individuals that involuntarily move the Ouija’s planchette. Laboratory
studies have proven the phenomenon.
never really know who you’re communicating with. A spirit can masquerade as
anyone: angels, the famous, loved ones. The spirit you’re communing with may be
devious, deceptive and dangerous.
researchers believe the Board attracts confused souls, spirits who died a
sudden or violent death, even spiritual “delinquents.”
can use the Board as a doorway to enter the physical world. You can unwittingly release an evil spirit that can make for
an uncontrolled and volatile situation.