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

Over half of American millennials say they’d consider leaving the US. Here’s why I’ve already left.

by Amanda Machado

15 signs you were born and raised in Philadelphia

by Kristen Hopf

40 things you should never say to a gay guy

by Nomadic Boys

7 Reasons why we should all be moving to Romania right now

by Sorcha Sills

11 things that will happen when you move to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren

30 signs you grew up in Brooklyn

by Alexandra E. Petri

11 signs you were born and raised in Boston

by Eileen Cotter Wright

16 signs you were born and raised in the Netherlands

by Arwen Kok

14 ways to understand people from Hong Kong

by Ting Yiu

Here are the 11 sexiest customized VW camper vans ever to grace road-life

by The Plaid Zebra

10 worst mistakes people make in their 20s

by Jacqueline Kehoe

12 things people from Fargo actually say

by Alicia Underlee Nelson

24 signs you were raised in Calgary in the 80s

by Dorene Wharton

11 lies you tell yourself as a solo traveler

by Candice Walsh

Why death in Beirut does not matter as much as death in Paris

by Joey Ayoub

10 signs you’ve never been to Seattle

by Joshywashington

7 uncomfortable truths about living in Australia

by Sara Schneider

9 ways to avoid being the cliche tourist in Edinburgh

by Damien Cifelli
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