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The original ghost board, Ouija, was actually named by the spirits themselves.
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)
From a novelty shop in Feb 1891, the talking board began appearing as a Pittsburgh toy. A mere novelty described as a magical device for the price of $1.50. The reality is this device hit the 19th century during the same time as Spiritualism came into America.
Most notably were the Fox Sisters, who received messages from spirits via rapping on the walls. The rap would answer questions, inquired by those interested to hear from beyond. Spiritualism swept the nation as a famous past time. Even President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd held séances in the White House. She would try to contact her 11 year old son, who died of a fever in 1862.
Those desperate during the Civil War wished to contact their lost love ones, and clung toward Spiritualism as an avenue.
The rapping and knocking was too slow and many grew bored. Hence the Ouija was an answer for a quicker reply from the Spirit World.
The story is, Charles Kennard from Chestertown, Maryland acquired some investors and invented the board. There is some discrepancy indicating E.C. Reiche, a cabinet maker that originally created the board, and Charles stole it from him. Regardless, they were at a loss what to call the device. One of the investor pulled in his sister-in-law Helen Peters, a medium, who used the board and asked what to call the device. The board spelled out “O-U-I-J-A.” Not understanding what that meant they asked the board, and it spelled out “G-O-O-D L-U-C-K.”
Later in 1966 Parker Brothers purchases the Ouija Board and it outsells Monopoly the following year.
Alternative to the Ouija board, due to its danger of opening portals, is a pendulum. Supposedly simply asking questions to the pendulum and answers will occur. The larger the pendulum swing, the more accurate the answer. Some use this as a means to find lost items, or to specific answers. Most probably recall the test of boy or girl on pregnant women. The pendulum is an old practice.
Moving forward, would we consider these “Ghost apps” the next phase of Spiritualism?
The idea is the instruments identifying changes in the temperature, magnetism, ect. indicates spiritual entities. How reliable or realistic is this?
Personally, I believe these boards, pendulums and apps are merely tools.
The entities are using the individuals, rather than the tools. While the tools are physical indicators, the entities are actually using the individuals. I have no doubt the “spirits” conveyed the boards name to them. Nor do I doubt the alternative side is communicating. However, I personally see these “sprites” as Lemures.
In the book by King James I of England, Daemonologie, “For if they were spirites that haunted some houses, by appearing in diuers and horrible formes, and making greate dinne: they were called Lemures or Spectra.”
These Lemures or Spectras are actually demonic entities acting as ghosts or spirits, in my opinion.
Ghosts or personates family members. (1) Thought to impersonate deceased or ghosts that trouble houses or solitary places(hauntings). Familiar spirits. cursed objects or poltergeist activity. It is my belief, many of these are seen on the ghost chaser shows on TV. These could also be those assisting the mediums during family seances, where they have insight on family history and knowledge.
Umbrae Mortuorum (Dead Shadow or Shadow People):
Shades of the dead. One of the earliest encounters with the shadow people was reported by the editor of the Paranormal magazine, Richard Holland. (2) Normally there is a dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures. Per Jason Offutt, author of ‘The Darkness Walks’, the most common [type of] shadow person encounters: a blacker-than-night, human-shaped shadow that people see walking through their bedroom, hallway, living room, etc. (3)
Follow certain people to trouble them from outward during the day. (incubus/succubus). Also could be mental illness being oppressed by spirits. We see an example found in 2 Corinthians 12:7-8, where Paul has a ‘thorn in the flesh’.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
Obsession is an advanced form of oppression to the believer.
The spirit enters inwardly in the person to trouble them. Illusionary deception to make them believe they are travelling, via astral projection, prophesy, ECT. Spirits and entities do not walk to up to a person and ask them if they want to be possessed. Instead, they find a weakness or a door through traditional family behavior or reckless behavior of the individual. The person’s active free will must be breached. They usually seduce a person with something simple and almost innocent unless they have done something that they have tremendous shame or guilt over. (4)
(1). King James. King James Demonology: Modern Translation. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?id=_4PfDQAAQBAJ&pg=PT47&lpg=PT47&dq=king+james+identified+4+categories+of+spirits&source=bl&ots=6nvKmTyVuT&sig=FlF893jLF01BON76Jx-_sHgD2qg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSgL2u1ObVAhUP92MKHQ_vCOEQ6AEINzAC#v=onepage&q=king%20james%20identified%204%20categories%20of%20spirits&f=false
(2). Leo Ruickbie. A Brief Guide to the Supernatural: Ghosts, Vampires and the Paranormal. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?id=G7_ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PT21&lpg=PT21&dq=Umbrae+Mortuorum++shadow+people&source=bl&ots=gJvvSJ9IHr&sig=0p5P1NnrTzQM09Zc4moHnSCIXnw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXrMfD2ObVAhUOyWMKHYgbBqcQ6AEIPDAH#v=onepage&q=Umbrae%20Mortuorum%20%20shadow%20people&f=false
(3). Stephen Wagner. An interview with author Jason Offutt about these eerie entities. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/shadow-people-what-are-they-2594067
(4). Spirit Attachment and Possession Symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.texasghostandspirit.com/parasitic-entities/entity-and-spirit-attachment-and-possession-and-symptoms/