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

Virginia Beach is an awesome place to be during the fall. Here’s why.

by Brianna Simmons

8 reasons everyone cool and creative is heading to Atlanta

by Shannon Dell

15 things only someone who’s been to Nevada will understand

by Nicole Rupersburg

This translation earpiece allows you to have a conversation with someone speaking a language you don’t understand

by Amanda Machado

11 facts about Boston that will surprise you

by Julia Kitlinski-Hong

9 things I wish I’d known before moving to Dubai

by Ann Benjamin

Please don’t come to Jackson, Wyoming until you understand these 7 things

by Shelby Huff

9 commandments for dating a girl from Detroit

by Jessica Golich

Dear American travelers to Cuba: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 11 things

by C-M "Spike" Daeley

You’re not a true Rhode Islander until…

by RI Problems

11 things you probably didn’t know about San Francisco

by Julia Kitlinski-Hong

10 commandments for dating a girl from California

by Jessica Golich

How to piss off someone from Detroit

by Jessica Golich

Dear solo female travelers, please don’t leave until you understand these 7 things

by Celinne Da Costa

10 signs you were born and raised in Slovenia

by Martina Žoldoš

8 things we stopped caring about as full-time travelers

by Tracey Tullis

10 signs you were born and raised in New Jersey

by Lucy Di Santo

60 things you need to know when traveling to Iran

by Alex Reynolds
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