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SISTER EILEEN TOLD ME WHAT SHE KNEW TO BE
THE ORIGIN OF THE SAYING "GOD BLESS YOU" AFTER A SNEEZE.
SNEEZING SUPPOSEDLY SYMBOLIZES THE RIDDING
OF THE DEVIL FROM THE BODY AND SAYING GOD BLESS YOU
SYMBOLIZES THAT THE SPACE VACATED BY THE
DEVIL IS NOW ABLE TO BE TAKEN OVER BY GOD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE KNEW THIS HER WHOLE LIFE BUT COULD NOT
VERIFY IT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 03-17-1972

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