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

26 signs you’ve outgrown music festivals

by Emma Thieme

17 differences between a normal mom and a Polish mom

by Adrienne B

40 things you should never say to a gay guy

by Nomadic Boys

13 differences between a normal mom and a French mom

by Celine Lingelser

15 facts about Spain that will surprise you

by Ana Bulnes

14 reasons why Aruba is the happiest island in the world

by Rosalie Klein

What I know as a traveler at 35 that I wish I knew when I was younger

by Rory Moulton

12 facts you didn’t know about Ventura, CA

by Chris O'Neal

12 facts about Los Angeles that will surprise you

by Lauren Steffen

30 photos from Nepal we can’t stop looking at

by Ben Adkison

18 side-effects of living in Mozambique

by Cindy Kroon

20 signs you were born and raised in The Kimberley

by LIss Connell

15 facts you didn’t know about Missoula, Montana

by Sharon J. Riley

9 side effects I’ve had as a traveler living in China

by Whitney Shindelar

16 facts you didn’t know about New York

by Katie Scott Aiton

8 things solo female travelers want you to know

by Hannah Logan

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

by Rulo Luna

Dear travelers to Thailand: Please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 10 things

by Johanna Read
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