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Ouija, a door to...where?

Ouija, a door to...where?
by Lucia del Mar


Since the beginning of times, all that we can not explain or understand is bound to be feared. Of course, the Ouija is no exception. Its origin is as mystery and the theories of how and why it works are many. What we do know for certain is that talking boards boom came along with spiritism.

As the Spirita movement grew strong in society; with World War I, leaving broken families, the need to communicate with the afterlife, results in the search for different and clearer contact methods. It is here that the Ouija or talking board’s popularity goes up. It consists on the alphabet, numbers 0 to 9, and the words: YES, NO, HELLO and GOODBYE. Over the board, a planchette or master slides to form words apparently on its own or at will of the spirit, serving it as a mean to talk into this plane.