Why must people be blessed whey they sneeze?

@manong05 (5029)
Philippines
October 7, 2009 11:14am CST
This may sound to be a funny title. Just curious about the history and origin of the phrase "bless you" which is often told to people after sneezing. What do you exactly mean when you utter these words? or they are just simple expressions without any profound meaning. any simple or profound input?
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
7 Oct 09
Hello Manong, Whenever I sneeze in front of my dear friend, she will wish me God Bless you! If happen I sneeze 2 times, she will wish me twice, LOL. I don't know why and what meaning it is, but I only know she is a Christian, is that anything related to the religion? Hope to see more response and get more to know on this curios topic. Thanks for this nice discussion!
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
I am not sure if this has got to do with being a Christian. It maybe related in some ways but definitely it is an old practice that go on to our time. Lots of people here do that. Bless you.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
8 Oct 09
hi again, I don't know anything about that. But I will ask my dear friend when I meet her and see what answer she give me . For me, I don't have this habit to wish others bless you when they sneeze. For me, What I will normally do is once I sneeze, I just say excuse me, that all.
@patms1 (522)
• United States
7 Oct 09
People say God Bless you because sneezing was one of the first signs of the plague and others believed that the soul left the body. Here's something you may be interested in. When children sing "ring around the rosy" they are actually singing about the plaque. Ring around the rosy was the the blister that came out. A Pocket full of posies was because people thought that putting certain flowers would help and all fall down needs no explanation.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
8 Oct 09
Yes I have heard about the ring around the rosy and it's relation to the plague that happened in the past. It's very interesting, I think. Cheers.
@Agoenxz (554)
• Indonesia
7 Oct 09
That just doesn't work in my country here. But, i believe this should be have great meaning when people do that.. Just say bless u! Many blessings and happy lotting! Lol
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
Bless you too! thanks!
7 Oct 09
What I always heard was that in past times a sneeze was considered the soul trying to leave the body or the devil trying to get in and saying "God bless you" would stop this happening. I've also heard that saying "Thank you" after the "bless you" kills a fairy and you have to clap to bring it back to life. There's a lot of nutty customs that have survived in our culture!
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
yes I remember hearing that too. It's amazing how old beliefs survives to the present. For whatever its worth, Bless you! cheers!
• United States
8 Oct 09
Back in the day, like WAY back when people still burnt witches at the stake many thought that the act of sneezing was the bodies way of expelling demons from the body. So naturally people you shout Bless you because they thought of it as a way of being "blessed" and having the demon removed.