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  • Diaspora

    Regarding the ‘soul/breath’ connection—this is actually why you say ‘Bless you!’ to a person who just sneezed. Early people believed that sneezing expelled part (or all) of the soul, leaving the body momentarily vacant and prone to possession unless explicitly blessed (and thereby claimed in the name of God). I’ve seen creepypastas that mention that for this reason, it’s a very bad idea to try and fog up an entire mirror by breathing on it….