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

9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren

26 signs you were born and raised in Germany

by Barbara Litzlfellner

11 things that will happen when you move to Germany

by Vanessa Van Doren

8 American habits I lost when I moved to Japan

by Amie Cuhaciyan

4 ways that travel has ruined me

by Marco Delgado

11 things Americans could learn from the Spanish

by Elyssa Garrett

10 differences between a normal friend and a German friend

by Vanessa Van Doren

9 inevitable side effects of living in Buenos Aires

by Sorcha O'Higgins

11 signs you learned to drink on the South Side of Chicago

by Jill Kozak

15 things every Californian should know about Nevada

by Abby Tegnelia

How to insult people like the British

by Matt Hershberger

20 things you didn’t know about Sun Valley, ID

by Kitt Doucette

14 signs you were born and raised in Charleston

by Baker Manning

Be happier when you travel. Here are 40 simple ways.

by Katka Lapelosová

12 characters you’ll meet on the slopes of Sun Valley

by Kitt Doucette

ISIS threatens to come to Rome, Romans respond with travel advice

by Matt Hershberger

9 cities where you can visit a cat cafe

by Jess Zimmerman

The 7 states of reverse culture shock we all share as travelers

by Katka Lapelosová
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