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

London, I love you, but you’re bringing me down

by Grace Beard

The 20 funniest Dutch expressions (and how to use them)

by Daphne Blomsma

18 essential phrases for understanding life in Japan

by C-M "Spike" Daeley

16 things Mexicans are born knowing how to do

by Rodrigo MacĂ­as

14 facts about North Carolina that will surprise you

by Jacqueline Kehoe

14 fantastic pregnancy myths from around the world

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan

20 crucial pieces of life advice, as told by people over 60

by Ailsa Ross

19 things you didn’t know about the UK

by Katie Scott Aiton

8 ways South Dakota will surprise you

by Jill Majerus

The other side of Fear and Loathing: Conversations with the son of Hunter S. Thompson

by Jason Gorbett

9 historic places in Turkey where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time

by Jennifer Hattam

Watch this dude shred the NYC blizzard right through Times Square

by Colin Heinrich

8 myths about Nepal that travelers get wrong

by Elen Turner

To American expats: Please don’t come to Georgia until you’ve understood these 5 things

by No - Yolo

Watch Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell turn their epic African vacation into a music video

by Colin Heinrich

9 fears only those from Trinidad and Tobago can understand

by Suzanne Bhagan

16 slang phrases you’ll need to know in Northern Ireland

by Sarah Arnold

7 easy steps for talking like a German

by Olga Mecking
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