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The origins of the Ouija Board

The Ouija Board is now firmly in the realm of teenage sleepovers and crappy scary movies––contrary to the claim of this Vox video, which says it’s a “big part of our lives.” Despite the overstatement, this Vox video is an interesting foray into the history of a weird object. Essentially, the board is linked to the antebellum phenomenon called Spiritualism. Spiritualists believed that the spirits of the dead could communicate with the living. The board was one way that they could do so.

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