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

Advice from 30-year-old me to 20-year-old me

by Nic Haralambous

What bartenders actually think of your drink order

by Lisa Millar-Jones

26 signs you’ve outgrown music festivals

by Emma Thieme

20 things people in Memphis constantly have to explain to out-of-towners

by Karla Redditte

24 signs you’ve been in Russia too long

by Vivian Lee Wei Xin

75 surprising facts about Mount Rushmore

by Dylan Mancy

Dear travelers to Cambodia: Please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 9 things

by Johanna Read

12 signs you were born and raised in Oklahoma

by Cate Brantley

14 reasons why Aruba is the happiest island in the world

by Rosalie Klein

16 things about the Islands of Tahiti you won’t understand until you go

by Becca Blond

Meet the Muxes of Oaxaca, a “third gender” that goes back to pre-Hispanic times

by Sarai García

30 photos from Nepal we can’t stop looking at

by Ben Adkison

40+ struggles of living in NYC

by Damon Dominique

5 myths about women who travel solo

by Silvia Romão

30 things you’ll never hear someone from Lisbon say

by Silvia Romão

19 signs you were born and raised in Memphis

by Ashley Smith

6 needs of the Millennial traveler

by Katka Lapelosová

Traveling made me realize that I am privileged. Here’s how

by Gloria Atanmo
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