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

15 things Coloradans always need to explain to out-of-towners

by Brian Lewis

20 signs you were born and raised in Scotland

by Molly Nurse

20 signs you’re culturally Chilean

by Elyssa Garrett

13 things you’ll only understand if you’ve been to Turkey

by Jamie Lee

10 things that will happen when you move to Norway

by Paul Kucewicz

8 signs you were born and raised in Turkey

by Deniz Ölçek

How to become Serbian in 17 steps

by Sandra Petkovic

11 signs you were born and raised in Mumbai

by Roxane Bamboat

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

by Tommy Walker

How to piss off a Spaniard

by Tom Bartel

10 idioms only the French understand

by Morgane Croissant

16 signs you were born and raised in Venezuela

by Karen Moreno

8 abilities the Finns have over everyone else

by Maari Parkkinen

12 things you’ll only experience in Korea

by Sarah Katin

Social media is turning you into a sociopath. But it may not be your fault. Here’s why.

by Jacqueline Kehoe

30 things people from Buffalo never say

by Brian Lewis

14 signs you were born and raised in Glasgow

by Barrie Roulston

20 things travelers do in their 20s

by Matt Hershberger
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