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Why Do People Say Bless You When You Sneeze?

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The origin of the saying ?Bless you!? when someone sneezes stems from an ancient desire to safeguard the sneezer?s soul or to commend the dying to the mercy of God. There is also a?theory?that during the Dark and middle Ages, a violent?sneeze?was often a precursor of dreaded diseases such as the plague. Whenever someone sneezed, those closest to him or her issued an immediate Bless?you to ward off the evil forces which led to disease and suffering.
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Though nobody knows for sure why we say 'God Bless You' after a sneeze, one popular explanation is that it originated during the Bubonic Plague, when it was thought that sneezes were an early symptom.
By saying 'Bless you', it is assumed that you are stopping evil spirits from getting into the sufferer's body through the nostrils. This is because when someone sneezes, he may be ejecting some of the life spirits sent by the Creator.
The traditional explanation for the custom of saying 'Bless you' is that it began when Pope Gregory I the Great ascended to the Papacy just in time for the start of the plague in 590 AD whose successor succumbed to it. To combat the plague Gregory ordered litanies, processions and unceasing prayer for God's intercession. When someone sneezed, they were immediately blessed in the hope that they would not subsequently develop the plague.
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