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

15 facts about Lake Placid that will surprise you

by Ailsa Ross

The depressing science of what living in a city does to your brain

by Princess Ojiaku

Dear travelers to Israel: please don’t visit until you’ve understood these 11 things

by Henry Miller

I’m a solo female traveler. Here’s what I’m sick of hearing

by Nicole Sunderland

8 expat moms share their funniest stories of raising kids in a foreign country

by Jennifer Malia

6 things no one prepares you for as a solo female traveler

by Nicole Sunderland

9 signs you’re back home in Miami

by Jo Ann Mayer

20 signs you learnt to drink in the Bay Area

by Daniel Meeks

It’s not autumn in Colorado unless these 11 things happen

by Tim Wenger

16 signs you’re back home in Columbus, Ohio

by Tim Andrews

6 sinful things you’ll get addicted to if you live in Beijing

by Bethan Williams

6 Japanese habits I had to break when I returned home to the US

by Nia Davis

Before European Christians forced gender roles, Native Americans acknowledged 5 genders

by Cathy Brown

A guide to mountain slang

by Tim Wenger

How to confuse a Michigander

by Rebecca Klein

10 spots that remind us how beautiful Caracas really is

by Adriana Herrera

7 crucial things to know before visiting Dubai

by Ann Benjamin

13 things people say when they hear you’re from Alaska

by Jennifer Gracey
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