eli5:Why do we say “bless you” after someone sneezes?

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eli5:Why do we say “bless you” after someone sneezes?

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Because the thought by many people, back before we knew how the body operated, was that a sneeze was “Demons” leaving your body forcefully.

By saying “Bless you” you are trying to prevent those demons from returning to the body of the person who expelled them.

Because it was believed , at one time, that when you sneezed that evil spirits were trying to enter you.

interesting, i was told it was the only time the devil could take your soul. bless you would make it so he couldn’t do it.