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Complaints prompt toy store to stop selling Ouija boards

Posted by doctore0 on November 17, 2011

Hey, the Ouija boards do nothing… sheesh

When Lucy Weibe of Rankin Inlet went to the toy department in her community’s Northern store on Nov. 14, she was looking for a puzzle to buy as a gift for her friend.

But Weibe says what she saw on the shelf horrified her: a glow-in-the-dark Ouija board.

Weibe said the use of Ouija boards have been linked in Rankin Inlet to teen suicides.

“They’re no good. People may think they’re for fun games, but they’re for real,” Weibe said.

A Ouija board has a flat surface printed with letters, numbers, and other symbols, including the sun and the moon.

A movable, heart-shaped indicator serves as a pointer, which two players use to spell out messages or answer questions.

Usually a Ouija board has two rows of letters and numbers.

On the upper left of the Ouija board you can see the word “Yes,” and at the upper right, the word “No.” Close to the bottom of the ouija board you see the word “Goodbye.”

Today’s Oujia boards, made by the toy manufacturer Hasbro, have been on the market since the late 1800s.

But the use of boards and what’s called automatic writing to contact spirits has been around for thousands of years — in China, ancient India, Greece, Rome and medieval Europe.

While many consider the Ouija board as a harmless parlor game, some religions associate the Ouija board with demonic possession.

And others maintain supernatural forces are responsible for the movement of its pointer across the board.

Weibe believes the pointer “comes alive.”

“They’re not toys,” said Weibe, who, along with others in her community, believes the boards can unleash “evil spirits.”

Weibe and others in Rankin Inlet say some teens have asked Oujia boards whether they should kill themselves

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