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

Dear travelers to Hawaii: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 6 things

by Jill Kozak

17 things people from Honolulu have to explain to out-of- towners

by Jill Kozak

Kansas City might just be the most exciting place in America right now. Here’s proof.

by Katherine Liljegren

Dear travelers to Turkey: please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 8 things

by Lisa Morrow

13 things only people who’ve been to Asheville understand

by David Miller

How “badass librarians” saved Timbuktu’s priceless books from terrorists

by Matt Hershberger

16 things you get addicted to after living in St. Louis

by Lindsay Wang

9 reasons we should all be celebrating South Dakota on #605Day

by Jill Majerus

12 things you didn’t know about Santa Barbara, CA

by Paige Smith

11 side effects I had as a traveler in South Korea

by Katie McGrain

Abu Dhabi might just be the most exciting destination in the Middle East. Here’s why.

by Elizabeth Totton

Archaeologists just used satellites and drones to find a huge hidden monument at Petra

by Matt Hershberger

10 things I wish I knew before I started traveling

by Gloria Atanmo

20 things only someone who lives in a van will understand

by Alyssa Wyatt

Dear travelers to the Jersey Shore: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 5 things

by Matt Hershberger

18 reasons you should NEVER go to Nevada

by Sarah Park

Here’s the real secret to “seeing the world for free”

by Matt Hershberger

It’s not an Irish wedding unless these 18 things happen

by Sorcha O'Higgins
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