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

13 signs you were born and raised in Romania

by Paula Veselovschi

15 signs you were born and raised in Russia

by Marina Vinogradova

10 differences between a normal friend and a German friend

by Vanessa Van Doren

16 signs you were born and raised in the north of England

by Tommy Walker

15 signs you were born and raised in Utah

by Rachel Rueckert

19 American habits I lost when I moved to Ghana

by Rachel Rueckert

12 things that happen when you move to Thailand

by Casey O'Connell

11 reasons the US would be a better place if Americans traveled more

by Matt Hershberger

10 side effects of living in Cornwall

by Lauren Williams

Your flight attendants have a secret language. Here’s what they’re saying.

by Blissom Booblé

These maps show which export makes your country the most money

by Simran Khosla

14 signs you were born and raised in Tropical North Queensland

by Hayley Simpson

7 things we’re guessing you didn’t know about Hungary

by Colm FitzGerald

10 French habits I lost when I moved to the USA

by Celine Lingelser

12 things people abroad would be shocked to learn about the US

by Matt Hershberger

What French kids eat for school lunch (it puts Americans to shame!)

by Rebeca Plantier

11 things you lose when you become a nomad

by Matt Hershberger

16 signs you’ve become culturally Melbournian

by Tommy Walker
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