Culture + Religion

Culture is a term with many layers. It can be applied to the customs, traditions, and expressions of the people within a particular geography (for example, France), and at the same time it can apply to the customs and expressions of people across all geographies, but centered around a certain activity (surf / skate culture for example), or a certain kind of music or art (hip-hop culture). Even age-groups can define a culture (youth-culture, Generation-Y culture).

Religion is sometimes a central element of culture. In many indigenous populations for example, culture is essentially an expression of religious beliefs.

Historically, travelers and others have always faced internal (and oftentimes external) conflicts over cultural differences. This has led to the concept of “cultural relativism,” or the idea that a person’s individual beliefs (and actions stemming from those beliefs) should be viewed within the context of that person’s – and not the viewer’s – own culture.

Cultural relativism is central to many debates because it often forces moral questions, for example, the morality of Afghan women being forced to remain covered head to toe in public. At Matador, we seek ground level views of culture as our gateway to empathy and understanding.

Culture + Religion Articles

27 reasons Istanbul residents believe they live in the best city on Earth

by Leeann Murphy

17 facts about Turkey that will surprise you

by Ayla Jean Yackley

13 reasons you need to travel to Turkey this summer

by Katherine Liljegren

18 signs you were born and raised in Poland

by Karolina Go

The 8 worst decisions you can make in Portugal

by Sandra Guedes

20 things you probably didn’t know about Idaho

by Kristen Bor

14 surprising facts about Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL

by Stephanie Maier

12 abilities Mexicans have over everyone

by Rulo Luna

17 signs you were born and raised in Dubai

by Natasha Amar

20 ways to recognize a Mexican anywhere in the world

by Iliana Garcia

14 little things you will miss when you leave Colorado

by Brian Lewis

How to become more Portuguese in 19 steps

by Sandra Guedes

8 epic spots in Germany even most Germans don’t know

by Jacqueline Kehoe

A man and a woman posted the exact same rideshare classified. Here’s what happened.

by Jennifer Foden

The funniest expressions Ecuadorians use

by Jess López

Everything I learned about life in Japan, I learned from riding the subway

by Louise Hung

A Love Letter to the Richmond District, San Francisco

by LiAnne Yu

17 little things you miss after leaving Jordan

by Barbara Litzlfellner
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