As I'm sure you're aware, people in English-speaking Christian countries often use the words "God" and "Jesus" or other Bible-related words like "damn" and "Hell" as swear words.

Do people in non-Christian cultures use words from their own religions as swear words? Like, if someone in a Muslim country bumps his head does he say "Mohammed damn it!"? Do Buddhists who lose something say, "Oh, Nirvana!"? Or whatever.

I'm just curious whether the idea of using "religious words" as swear words is something unique to Christian cultures, or is found in the cultures of other religions.

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    While the question is somewhat interesting, it's not about Christianity, but rather, other religions. Thus, I closed it as off-topic. That said, I don't know of a place where you could ask this question other than in various religious chat rooms (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) Oct 11 '12 at 7:49
  • No. Where religious imagery is invoked at all (not a universal thing) the Christian God and his Christ are a fairly ubiquitous dumping ground.
    – Caleb
    Oct 11 '12 at 8:52
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    Try asking this on Islam.SE. Oct 11 '12 at 14:01
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    Hmm, I'm asking for a comparison between Christianity and other religions. If it's not appropriate to compare Christianity to, say, Islam on a Christian forum, then by the same reasoning it would be inappropriate to compare Islam to Christianity on a Muslim forum, etc, and the question is rendered unaskable. I specifically said in my question that I am seeking to know whether this phenomenon is "unique to Christian cultures". That was the purpose of my question.
    – Jay
    Oct 11 '12 at 14:56
  • So, maybe this isn't the place to ask it (since the question has been closed), but that is a great question. I wonder that too. Oct 11 '12 at 17:37

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