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

12 ways travel helps us live our fullest lives

by Paige Smith

14 facts about South East Scotland that will surprise you

by Katie Scott Aiton

Your mini guide to Alabama slang

by Anna Irving

On being a black woman in Spain

by Tianna Spears

24 struggles of living in Texas

by Turner Wright

10 commandments for living in Michigan

by Michael Diaz

13 signs you were born and raised in Paris

by Virginie Auguste-Dormeuil

7 things best friends did together growing up In Rhode Island

by You Gotta Love Rhode Island

How to piss off an Icelander

by Lara Michelsen

16 signs you’re back in Alaska

by Jennifer Gracey

8 things you get jaded about in Texas that are actually awesome

by Tanner Saunders

Dear travelers to Venice: don’t come until you have understood these 11 things

by Mari Koskelo

22 phrases my Southern mama told me to get me through any situation

by Amber Locke

The newest way to treat depression? Science says shrooms.

by Cathy Brown

7 reasons you should never date a German girl

by Jennifer Schlueter

18 commandments for living in Alaska

by Jennifer Gracey

8 life lessons I learned living in Colorado

by Tim Wenger

Travel isn’t going to kill you — but staying at home will

by Matt Hershberger
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