Demon Summoning “#CharlieCharlieChallenge” Trending Amongst Teens.
Remember when you were a kid and you would call for the Candyman or Bloody Mary in front of a mirror in the dark? Or playing with a Ouija board in the hopes of reaching the “other” side? Kids have long been fascinated with supernatural and it seems as if its back again in the form of #CharlieCharlieChallenge. And its got some of them freaking out.
The hashtag is trending on twitter and creeping into viral status. A few warning have also been issued:
Some twitter users advise against playing the game, reminding them of the dangers of trying to make contact with demonic entities. There are even warnings against not saying “goodbye” to Charlie at the end of the game.
Yes its silly. Yes its been done, but its a little different now because of the use of social media. “When I was their age” (said in grumpy old man voice), I didn’t have expansive digital reach, so when my friend went:
“light as a feather, stiff as a board” or “I can’t say his name a 3rd time”
I didn’t get to videotape them… then share it with millions of viewers just to have it “haunt them” later.
The challenge, an obvious Ouija rip-off, is done with two pencils and a paper. You ask your questions and the wind or slight changes in pressure, err… I mean the “Demon Charlie” answers them.
Though the actual spirit remains camera shy, reasons to teach your children critical thinking are blatantly apparent.
Parents – we need more science!
Edit – UPDATE – Why a Mexican Demon named Charlie? No one really knows but its most likely an American invention:
There is no demon called ‘Charlie’ in Mexico,” says Maria Elena Navez of BBC Mundo. “Mexican legends often come from ancient Aztec and Maya history, or from the many beliefs that began circulating during the Spanish conquest. In Mexican mythology you can find gods with names like ‘Tlaltecuhtli’ or ‘Tezcatlipoca’ in the Nahuatl language. But if this legend began after the Spanish conquest, I’m sure it would’ve been called ‘Carlitos’ (Charlie in Spanish).”