it was believed that when someone sneezed it was demons inside the person so it was supposed to be like a shield against such spirits so it used to be more dramatic when the expression was made but now its just a custom to use that expression
It came from catholics saying bless you because they thought when you sneezed that demons would come out of your nose and that saying bless you would stop the demons from coming back into your body. No im not catholic
IN Ireland, people used to believe when you sneeze your soul comes ut, and that if someone doesn't say "bless you" it can be taken by the devil. Very old belief, that nobody follows anymore ( @ least I think nobody believes it anymore)
5 months ago
Last edited at 1:22PM on 11/26/2013
I heard that there was this rich guy. One day he was walking along when it started to rain. He didn't have an umbrella so he started sneezing. A woman walking by felt bad, so she looked up at the sky saying a prayer for him and ending it with Bless You. He was grateful and gave her some money. As a man who saw this scene was walking by, the rich man sneezed again. The by passer repeated what the woman did and received money too. Soon enough, the man could not stop sneezing and a crowd was around him. The rain ended, but not before he went broke.
in the early times of age when you sneezed it was thought your soul would leave throughout the act of sneezing by nose...blessing you stopped that action...read that on line about ...why we say what we say site
Well, people say it's because when you sneeze your soul's trying to escape, and you would say "God Bless You" to keep it in. Personally, I think that's a bunch a baloney, but people really do believe this, and I'm really not sure why. The real reason why I think this happens is because society has set a standard and that standard has told us that saying bless you is polite and it's a kind thing, although society has also told us that god isn't real and that you should buy the lies of the world, but apparently it's okay to ask god to bless you when you sneeze, I don't know to be honest because society is a messed up thing...but that's the best answer I could give...hope it helped :)
I have to try to put a stop to this silly myth -- your heart does not stop when you sneeze! It is possible that the increased pressure in the chest may delay the next heartbeat by a few milliseconds but it does not stop -- R Huhn MD
4 months ago
Last edited at 8:39AM on 12/2/2013
I know this sounds absurd, but I heard that during the times of the bible early in the story people died via a sneeze only instead of the pressure coming out, one would keep it in. Of course with that much pressure exploding inward a person would die! Anyway, Jacob decided he didn't want to die in one big blast and so asked Gd to give him warning before he died, so he got sick instead. Sneezing out instead of in. People started saying "bless you" because one knew death was coming. Now we have medicines to cure us, but it is still socially acceptable to bless someone this way. Have you ever noticed that if you say "Bless you" before the sneeze happens, the person sometimes doesn't sneeze? Power of prayer.
It used to be believed that when you sneezed it opened your body to being possessed by evil spirits. The spirits would cause you to go insane. Saying "God Bless You" was supposed to give you protection and prevent them from possessing you.
It was also believed that the only way to get rid of the spirit if you WERE possessed was to drill a hole in your head to let them out.
I heard when I was a child that people used to believe that your soul left your body when you sneezed, so said 'God bless you', to have it return. Whether that is true of not that they believed that, I find it a most excellent and acceptable excuse to say; "God bless you," to someone. I have been glared at for saying it, but no one ever tried to stop me, lol. I just make sure to have the 'God' on there too. Lately it is too often dropped out.
I've been told 2 different stories, one, your heart stops when you sneeze so people say bless you to stop you from dying, and second, when you sneeze, part of your soul comes out of your nose, so people sometimes say bless your soul.....
4 months ago
Last edited at 11:22PM on 12/2/2013
your heart doesn't stop: about a hundred years ago it was a misconception that people THOUGHT your heart stopped (and I can see that some people still do) for a second or two and that's why they said bless you!
because back in olden days. Christian's used to believe that when you sneezed, there was an opening for the devil to posses you. They said "bless you" so that you would be blessed and the devil wont enter you.
In ancient days people thought sneezing was your soul trying to escape from your body so they would say bless you because they often times were afraid that the soul would escape from the body. No it's not a sign of giving thanks, that doesn't make sense. You're thankful for sneezing? Hope I helped!
There are varying accounts as to the origin of this response. One belief is that it originated in Rome when the bubonic plague was raging through Europe. One of the symptoms of the plague was coughing and sneezing, and it is believed that Pope Gregory VII suggested saying “God bless you” after a person sneezed in hopes that this prayer would protect them from an otherwise certain death.
The expression may have also originated from superstition. Some people believe that the custom of asking for God’s blessing began when ancient man thought that the soul was in the form of air and resided in the body’s head. A sneeze, therefore, might accidentally expel the spirit from the body unless God blessed you and prevented this from occurring. Some ancient cultures also thought that sneezing forced evil spirits out of the body endangering others because these spirits might now enter their bodies. The blessing was bestowed to protect both the person sneezed and others around him.
Well for one thing, your heart does NOT stop when someone doesn't say bless you. If you're alone and you sneeze and you have that fear that your heart will stop, just say bless myself or something like that. And they say bless you because it's just what we've been doing for a long-- well forever. Some people think its because of a demon being released and some people think that your heart will stop. We'll never know for sure.
4 months ago
Last edited at 12:15PM on 12/3/2013
well some say the answer to that is, way back then they thought sneezing was a disease so they thought saying bless you would get rid of it ( meaning they thought that would bless you ) and so now I guess it became just something nice to say