Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Ouija board is a Parker Brothers product that has been sold since 1901 (Parker Brothers bought the product and all associated intellectual property in 1966 from the estate of inventor William Fuld). The name is meant to be pronounced “wee-jah” but is more commonly pronounced “wee-gee.” The Ouija is the most famous example of a spirit board, an instrument that has been around for thousands of years, repopularized in the late 19th century with the spiritualism fad. A basic divination device, the Ouija board consists of a board and a planchette. The board has YES and NO written in the corners, with the alphabet and numbers aligned in the middle. The planchette is a wedge-shaped piece that can be moved along the board to point at the letters or YES and NO. The user or users place their fingers on the wedge and move the planchette to spell out ...