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Trivia Question - Why do we say, "Bless You," after a sneeze?


Asked by earlgrey at 8:42 PM on Oct. 15, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Because some people believed that a sneeze causes the soul to escape the body through the nose. Saying "bless you" would stop the devil from claiming the person's freed soul. Others believed the opposite: that evil spirits use the sneeze as an opportunity to enter a person's body. There was also the misconception that the heart momentarily stops during a sneeze (it doesn't), and that saying "bless you" was a way of welcoming the person back to life.

    Answer by Congenial at 11:11 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • It was a belief that bad spirits left the body during a sneeze,and if you said bless you,they couldn't get back in

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:43 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • your heart skips a beat, that is why.

    Answer by katcb1019 at 8:58 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • Ancient people did that so that the evil spirits that escaped the sneezer could not enter themselves.

    Answer by scout_mom at 8:44 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • I was told that it was because the devil is leaving your body when you sneeze.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:00 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • I've always wondered! I like some of these answers though!! lol

    Answer by mom2maddie06 at 9:25 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • I was told it was because it affects your breathing so they feared you would die during the sneeze. The Bless You was to ensure you'd go to Heaven should that happen.

    Answer by Octobersmom at 10:24 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • I have always believed what I heard on The Simpsons... and that is your soul is trying to leave your body, but saying bless you keeps it in lol

    Answer by 2lilbumblebees at 9:02 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • No clue, but interested in knowing the answer!

    Answer by Pudge_Pie20 at 11:12 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • All of your responses are what I have heard or read over the years.   Here's a page with more answers:



    Comment by earlgrey (original poster) at 8:46 PM on Oct. 16, 2010