Saturday, October 20, 2007

Not To Be “Sneezed”

ハクション(Hakushon)! This is typical sound for sneezing in Japanese. Sneezing is translated into Japanese as くしゃみ(Kushami). I know in western country, people say “bless you!” when someone sneezes. Japanese doesn’t say anything against it, however, people in middle ages used to say “くさめ(Kusame)” as a spell. Around the ages, people believed sneezing let soul out from nose and people’s life span would be shortened. Therefore, people said “Kusame” and since when don’t know, the word turned to be “Kushami” then; sneezing itself is called “Kushami” now.

Here is Japanese superstition about sneeze. If you sneeze once, people think that somebody is gossiping about the person and it is good one. If it happens twice, that turns to be bad gossip, and even more in third time sneeze.

Do you also have superstition about sneezing in your country? And I’m curious to know what you say when you sneeze.

Here is a tip: ハクション大魔王(Hakushon-Daimaou), old Japanese animation. Enjoy!


Kevin said...

Very interesting! I'm not sure of any Canadian sneezing superstitions, but there is a myth that your heart stops when you sneeze, so sneezing too many times in a row could be fatal. But... I don't know about that.

When I sneeze, it sounds like a cough... So nobody ever says "Bless you" to me. They just think I'm coughing! D:

kayanon said...


>but there is a myth that your heart stops when you sneeze, so sneezing too many times in a row could be fatal.

That is interesting. Something can relate to Japanese one.

I do the same! When I sneez, it sounds like a cough.

When I came back from canada, I had troble with not saying "bless you" when someone sneezed. I still feel I wanna say it to people.

xsfoosh said...

i think "bless you" has the same superstition in america. when you sneeze, your soul is escaping you, so when someone says "bless you," your soul returns. i don't believe in it but thats what i hear.

for me, its just common courtesy to say "bless you" when i hear a sneeze.


Anonymous said...

I always heard that if you don't close your eyes when you sneeze your eyes will pop out (it isn't true, though).

In the US if you feel your ears getting warm or itchy, somebody is supposed to be talking about you.

Ana said...

Hehe I've heard this before!
I've always loved it. Whenever I sneeze I seem to call a friend and be like "Hey were you talking about me" Once I did find soemone was. Hehe it made me giggle.

In the US the term "bless you" was used because it was believed that when you sneeze you were extracting bad energy or demons from your body. "Bless you" was said for that because they meant "Thanks for getting rid of that horrible deamon". Atleast thats what I remember. I cannot be sure. XsFoosh could have been the right one I don't really know. Anyway whenever soemone sneezez normally I say Gazunteit (But thats just "bless you" in german). When I sneeze I find myself saying "eww" alot because I normally get snot all over my arm.

Ann said...

I don't know where it came from, but here's another sneezing superstition:

Sneeze once for sorrow, twice for joy, (if pregnant, or talking to or you know someone who is) three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret, never to be told.

Also, some say that one comes from counting crows. Another thing, I do have a habit of sneezing five or six times before money comes my way.

Cassie said...

Mondays always make me feel tired and sneeze a lot. My friends and I are terribly allergic to Mondays. ;)

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sneezing said...

How it is possible to translate sneezing sound? :O

Anonymous said...

In Peru we also believe that when you sneeze a couple of times, it is because someone is talking about you. If you sneeze more than three times, they say that your romantic partner is cheating on you. I never really paid attention to my sneezing or tried to prove if this is true.

yuuna said...

Wow! This is a very very common topic to be thinking about.

In the western countries, many say 'bless you' or 'gesundheit' when one sneezes, as a form of courtesy based on religion. Some say that the person's soul or spiritual energy is lost when a sneeze occurs, thus the reply will cause it to be returned.

In certain ASIAN countries, sneezing can mean many things. The most common one is: once when one is talking about you whether good/bad or that your name is mentioned in your absence; twice when someone is thinking of you; thrice when someone misses you; four when someone misses you badly; five when someone who is in love with you is thinking/missing you; six as a bad omen/unlucky day/you are about to get sick; >6 go see a doctor, you are getting sick/just allergic to something.

I hope these helps. :)

Jackie said...

In Ecuador when you sneeze the first time you say "Salud"which means (Health).supertitions, can be that if you sneeze the second time it means (Money) third time you sneeze means (Love) at the third time people laugh because you already achivieve the three most important things.It's always funny to see someone sneezing three or more times.

2Future said...

Nice post, I love it :)
In Oman, and Islamic countries at all, If somebody sneeze, he/she should say "Alhamdulelah" and the other say "Yarhamuka Allah" and he should say "Yahdekum wa yusleh balakum".We said that for first three sneezes. After the third one,we sure he got sick.So we say to him/her "Shafaka Allah".
However, In Oman, if someone gossiping about you, your ear will deaf for a few second.Also when you choke, that's mean someone gossiping about you.

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