We’ve all been there. It’s a sleepover or a Halloween party and someone says, “Let’s play Bloody Mary!”, or “Have you guys ever heard of ‘Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board?'” It all seems like harmless fun, and a lot of times, it is. However, some of these spirit conjuring “games” can have serious spiritual, emotional, and psychological consequences.
I’ve toyed with this article for quite some time, now. Pondering exactly how to write it. Is it responsible to include the actual games and how they are played? Should I just inform our readers of the dangers associated with playing certain games and leave it at that? Is it a good idea to write this article at all?
Then I found some interesting statistics. According to recent (in the last ten years) Gallup polls, almost 75% of people profess some sort of belief in the paranormal. Women, across the board, are more likely to believe in ghosts and haunted phenomena by almost 12%, while men are much more likely to believe in extraterrestrials and alien life by a margin of 10%.
These statistics got me digging into other possibilities. With a little luck and elbow grease, I established that an amazing 82% of people confess to having played some form of spirit conjuring game in their lifetime. This is most likely to involve Ouija boards and the old Bloody Mary standby, and while I expected the numbers to be high, I actually had predicted them to be lower than they would have been 20 or more years ago aka pre-internet.
I was once again mistaken. The advent of the internet brought the world a lot closer together in a lot of ways. One of those ways seems to be cross pollinating these games from one part of the world to another. With the advent of sites like Creepypasta, Reddit, and Tumblr, whole communities have sprung up where people can share their stories and experiences with these games.
Reading all of this, I sat down to ponder again. What should I do with this article? I finally came to the conclusion that education is better than vague descriptions and blind warnings. SO, in this article, I’ve chosen to cover a few of these games as thoroughly as I can and discuss the possible dangers involved in their playing. If you find the subject interesting, you might also take a look at an article I previously published that took an in depth look at Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, the game of 100 candles/ghost stories.
Now, let’s get down to business. We’ll start with a classic that has been around for so long it’s hard to nail down its origin.
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