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

What bartenders actually think of your drink order

by Lisa Millar-Jones

20 signs you’ve been in Sweden too long

by Ting Yiu

20 signs you’re culturally Chilean

by Elyssa Garrett

17 reasons no one is as hardcore as us Michiganders when it comes to winter

by Sara Schneider

15 signs you were born and raised in Philadelphia

by Kristen Hopf

8 things Americans can learn from Argentines

by Cathy Brown

10 things Americans learn when they move to Germany

by Juliana Bilowich

How to piss off someone from Newfoundland

by Marie King

37 things you would never hear an Ohioan say

by Matt Hershberger

12 things Mexicans love to hate

by Rulo Luna

14 ways to understand people from Hong Kong

by Ting Yiu

8 quintessential New Mexican foods we wish would go national

by MJ Willis

8 reasons Finnish people won’t talk to you

by Violetta Teetor

18 experiences you probably had traveling on a Eurail pass

by Hal Amen

8 weird things you can eat in Mexico that are actually really good

by Susannah Rigg

12 phrases only Spaniards understand

by Ana Bulnes

53 things you’re doing that totally annoy the bartender

by Emma Thieme

10 travel situations that are hard for introverts

by Candice Walsh
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