Why Do People Say “May His Soul Rest in Peace” When They Speak of a Dead Person?

People have always been superstitious about mentioning the name of a dead person. Primitive man thought that by doing this, the dead person’s spirit would be disturbed and it would return to haunt the living.

By wishing for a soul to “rest in peace,” people hoped that the spirit would stay within the dead body.

Today, “May his soul rest in peace” is used more as a sign of respect for the dead person rather than the continuation of a superstition.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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