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MOST PEOPLE SAY "GOD BLESS YOU" TO A PERSON WHO HAS JUST
SNEEZED BASED ON A BELIEF THAT THE DEVIL WILL ENTER
YOUR BODY UNLESS THIS PHRASE IS SAID AT THAT TIME.
ALSO, YOUR HEART IS SUPPOSED TO STOP BEATING INSTANT-TANEOUSLY AFTER A SNEEZE, AND THIS PHRASE IS ALSO
SAID TO KEEP YOUR HEART BEATING.

Submitter comment: I DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE BASIS FOR THE USE OF
THIS PHRASE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; POUGHKEEPSIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal P477.8

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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