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

What bartenders actually think of your drink order

by Lisa Millar-Jones

20 signs you’re culturally Chilean

by Elyssa Garrett

53 things you’re doing that totally annoy the bartender

by Emma Thieme

14 signs you were born and raised in British Columbia

by Jordan Oram

11 signs you were born and raised in Mumbai

by Roxane Bamboat

What baristas actually think of your drink order

by Erin Easter

What bartenders actually think of your wine order

by Reda Wigle

8 quintessential New Mexican foods we wish would go national

by MJ Willis

18 experiences you probably had traveling on a Eurail pass

by Hal Amen

9 signs you were born and raised in Manila

by Kate Alvarez

How to travel to Africa without being another neocolonialist

by Richard Stupart

9 things Philadelphians love to hate

by Kristen Hopf

15 delusions I’ve had about returning home after being abroad

by Sarah Katin

This hilarious video explains European stereotypes about…other Europeans

by Allison Jackson

5 lies you tell yourself when you move to the Bronx

by Richard Simon

40 things good travelers never say

by Matt Hershberger

11 things Aussies can learn from their Kiwi neighbors

by Sara Schneider

20 things you didn’t know about Arizona

by Joseph Cyr
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