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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20 signs you were born and raised in Italy

by Marco Chiusaroli
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10 idioms only Italians understand

by Marco Chiusaroli
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13 signs you were born and raised in Finland

by Veikka Lahtinen
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23 signs you were born to travel

by Matt Hershberger
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17 signs you were raised in a Chinese-American family

by LiAnne Yu
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10 things that will happen when you move to Norway

by Paul Kucewicz
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15 differences between a normal friend and a Russian friend

by Ania Kish
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20 signs you’ve been in Sweden too long

by Ting Yiu
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30 signs you grew up in Brooklyn

by Alexandra E. Petri
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20 fascinating things you didn’t know about Utah

by Carlo Alcos
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8 simple ways to be more in the moment when you travel

by Paige Smith

Celebrate autumn with these 30 surreal photos

by Matt Hershberger
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20 signs this is your first time away from home

by Matt Hershberger
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12 things Mexicans say vs. what we really mean

by Rulo Luna
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Forget the landscape: Start photographing yourself on your travels

by Emma Thieme
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20 things travelers do in their 20s

by Matt Hershberger

7 things French people learn when they move to England

by Amaia
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How to piss off someone from Staten Island

by Richard Simon
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