Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Who is calling you when you sneeze?

Interesting similarities in sneeze-related superstitions from Oceania, Africa and Europe:

CountryThe cause of a sneezeWhat to do after sneezing
Solomon IslandsIf you sneeze, someone is speaking badly of you, cursing you, or bidding his personal ghost to eat you.Summon your own personal ghost to counter-attack the person who cursed you.1
NigeriaIf you sneeze, someone is calling for you, possibly with evil intent.Tell the sneeze that you are not the only person with your name, in the hope that the sneeze will move on to look for its real target - another individual who has the same name.2
GreeceIf you sneeze, someone is talking about you, possibly someone who has cursed you by casting an evil eye on you.Spit thrice down your chest to ward off the effects of the evil eye. There are also ways to determine the identity of the person who was speaking of you.3