My friend, Jikai Yamazato, a Ryukyuan, told me this story about "Kusu Kwee!"
"When in America when you guys sneeze you say, 'Bless you.' But in Ryukyus we say KU-SU-KWEE, or KU-SU-KAY!
Ryukyuans donít cuss, they just donít do it. But, thereís a special time when they use this expression.
Have you ever been walking down a dark alley or street and feel the hair stand-up on the back of your neck? Thereís a presence, something creeping up behind you, a ghost, a bad vibe or an evil spirit.
Well, Ryukyuans worship their ancestors and believe there are spirits watching over them at all times.
Anyone who died an unnatural death or was lost at sea and never given a proper burial has a spirit floating around, just waiting to snatch the healthy spirit from your body.
When someone sneezes, their spirit temporarily leaves their body and this is the ideal time for one of the floating spirits to snatch it away.