According to a European folk belief, the soul flies out of the mouth whenever a person sneezes. A blessing should be said immediately to prevent the soul from being captured by a DEMON before it can return to the body. In Islam, Allah instructs people to wish one who sneezes well. Folklore also holds that sneezing expels a demon. Saying “Bless you” prevents the demon from immediately reentering the person and protects him or her from evil.

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