In Greek superstition if you sneeze it
is believed that somebody is talking about you. Since you do not know
who the person is you may try to figure out by saying out peoples
names. If you say a name and you stop sneezing it is thought that that
is the person who is talking about you.
Another way to find out who is talking about you is asking
someone for a three digit number. You then add the three digits
together and come out with another number. Using the final number you
count down from the start of the alphabet. The number you get must be
less then or equal to the maximum characters in your alphabet, in the Greek
Alphabet this is 24, in the English 26. If it is more you count the numbers
together once again to find a smaller number. The letter the number
falls on is the first letter of the name of the person that is talking about
Two examples: (With any two numbers you will get the first
circumstance (most likely), and rarely will you use the second.)
For the number 333. Add it together 3+3+3=9 . Now count down
to ninth letter which is "I". The person who is talking about you
is thought to have a name beginning with "I".
For the number 999. Add it together 9+9+9=27. In the English
Alphabet there is only 26 characters so we add 2+7 together and get
"9". Now count down to ninth letter which is "I".
The person who is talking about you is thought to have a name beginning with
As you do not know who is talking about you, the person who
believes this superstition may spit down three times on their chest to avoid
something bad occurring to them via The Evil Eye.
The use of the number three in all the above has to do with the holy
trinity, and using it to help you both know who is talking about you as well
as safeguard you.