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

25 things you did not know about Antarctica

by Morgane Croissant

15 things Coloradans always need to explain to out-of-towners

by Brian Lewis

17 things only someone who’s been to Idaho will understand

by Hailey Hirst

12 culture shocks Americans have in Germany

by Genevieve Northup

9 culture shocks Americans will have in Hungary

by Colm FitzGerald

20 signs you were definitely raised by Polish parents

by Adrienne B

17 differences between a normal mom and a Polish mom

by Adrienne B

How to become an Argentine in 20 easy steps

by Laura Bernhein

11 signs you were born and raised in Boston

by Eileen Cotter Wright

How to piss off someone from Charleston

by Jordan McCutcheon

How to become Serbian in 17 steps

by Sandra Petkovic

25 signs you were born and raised in Brisbane

by Genevieve Hassall

13 Differences between a normal mom and a French mom

by Celine Lingelser

12 differences between a normal mother and a Spanish mother

by Ana Bulnes

How to become a Finn in 22 easy steps

by Veera Papinoja

How to become Mexican in 25 easy steps

by Rulo Luna

20 signs you’ve been away from Mexico for too long

by Alice Latham

12 reasons you should never date a rock climber

by Sara Schneider
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