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 things Americans could learn from Australians

by Kellie Donnelly

20 of Turkey’s most impressive historical sites

by Cathy Brown

30 things you will never hear someone from Colorado say

by Brian Lewis

21 things Portlanders have to explain to out-of-towners

by Alex Scola

To Cincinnati: I’m sorry

by Matt Hershberger

I traveled nonstop for 5 years. Here’s what I learned, and why I’m glad it’s over

by Matt Hershberger

17 of the funniest Doric expressions (and how to use them)

by Ailsa Ross

10 fascinatingly untranslatable Norwegian words

by Kenneth Haug

9 abilities Iowans have over everyone else

by Jacqueline Kehoe

40 things you’ll never hear someone from Aberdeen say

by Ailsa Ross

29 signs you were born and raised in New Hampshire

by Maggie Wallace

12 differences between a normal friend and an Irish friend

by Niall Colbert

9 things Philadelphians love to hate

by Kristen Hopf

15 abilities the English have over everyone else (and one we suck at)

by Lauren Williams

10 things you’ll only understand if you’ve been to Sun Valley

by Cassie Abel

36 things you’ll never hear someone from Utah say

by Rachel Rueckert

19 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Patagonia

by Nicolas Bianchi

43 things you’ll never hear someone from Edinburgh say

by Damien Cifelli
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