spirit rapping

variants: or spirit-rapping \ ˈspir-​ət-​ˌra-​piŋ How to pronounce spirit-rapping (audio) \

Definition of spirit rapping

: communication by raps held to be from the spirits of the dead Mr. Buell was quite accustomed to reaching his wife in the "spirit world" and the couple frequently communicated through sessions of "spirit rapping," the vehicle being a table.— Mary Byers and Margaret McBurney … while the public responded to the discovery of magnetism and electricity with mystical awe, phenomena such as spirit-rapping were thought possible thanks to the medium being tapped into a source of as yet unknown energy.— Bozenza Kucala

First Known Use of spirit rapping

1850, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2020

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“Spirit rapping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirit%20rapping. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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