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
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13 facts about Atlanta that’ll surprise you

by Shannon Dell
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16 facts about Denver that will surprise you

by Tim Patterson

A love letter to New Mexico

by Jim O'Donnell
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How I’ve traveled the world for a year with less than 20k

by Elaina Giolando
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18 commandments for dating a girl from Hawaii

by Wailana Kalama
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How a year of travel completely broke (and rebuilt) me

by Elaina Giolando

10 Commandments of Living in Seattle

by Marissa Pedersen
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26 things you’ll never hear someone from Wisconsin say

by Jennifer Billock
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10 things I stopped giving a sh*t about after moving to Mexico

by Martina Žoldoš
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13 Latin food experiences you need to have in NYC

by Loreto Riveros
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19 signs you were born and raised in Hawaii

by Wailana Kalama
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11 side effects I had as an American traveling in Finland

by Nicole Wildman
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17 undeniably awesome truths about traveling in Thailand

by Lynn Spreadbury
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These unofficial Olympic guidebooks are a hilarious trainwreck

by Matt Hershberger
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Denver is the hottest city in the US right now. Here’s proof.

by Shannon Dell

This is the walking tour of London every Harry Potter fan needs to go on

by Matt Hershberger

7 signs you’re back home in Florida

by Mike Cianciulli
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15 things about Kansas City that are pushing it to the next level

by Lindsay Wang
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