table-rapping

table-rapping

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) the sounds of knocking or tapping made without any apparent physical agency while a group of people sit round a table, and attributed by spiritualists to the spirit of a dead person using this as a means of communication with the living
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This dilemma is brought home in the last chapter, "The Thirst for Immortality," with its evidence of the great, middle-class vogue for ghosts, apparitions, Gothic horror stories, seances, table-rapping, mesmerism, and so forth, coinciding with the high tide of the scientific-materialist attack on religious faith altogether.
It comes over as one or any combination of an assortment of things: table-rapping, Ouija sessions, seances, Blavatsky, secret history, crystal gazing, reincarnations, Tarot cards, visions, geometry, theosophy, or alchemy.