Introduced in the mid 1800's as a parlor game when spiritism and channeling was at the height of fashion.The word "Ouija" is possibly a blend of the French and German words for "yes
A Ouija board (pronounced "wee-gee" or "wee-ja" also known as a spirit board or talking board.
Adolphus Theodore Wagner first patented Ouija boards sometimes referred to as "talking boards," in London, England on January 23, 1854.Wagner called his invention a "psychograph"
Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond in the late 1890s, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I. Mainstream Christian religions and some occultists have associated use of the Ouija board with the threat of demonic possession and some have cautioned their followers not to use Ouija boards.freaks oddities halloween gothic