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

Ventura might just be the most underrated beach town in America. Here’s why.

by Colm and Paul Fitzgerald

13 things only people who’ve been to Asheville understand

by David Miller

The 10 things you’ll miss about Hawaii when you leave

by Jill Kozak

18 reasons you should NEVER go to Nevada

by Sarah Park

Dear travelers to Alaska: Please don’t visit until you’ve understood these 9 things

by Lindsey Parkinson

How to piss off someone from West Texas

by Tanner Saunders

Dear travelers to Rhode Island: Please don’t come until you’ve understood these 10 things

by Jenna McCrory

16 unforgettable moments you’ll experience in Santa Barbara, CA

by Paige Smith

9 incredible health and wellness retreats in Thailand

by Casey O'Connell

Dear travelers to Panama, please don’t come visit until you understand these 6 things

by Habla Ya Spanish Schools

10 Things only people who have visited Alaska will understand

by Lindsey Parkinson

10 things only us Kansans understand

by Ellie White

8 things I stop giving a sh*t about when I travel solo

by Carin Hall

16 super powers you get from growing up in Wisconsin

by Samantha Bilkey

15 things everyone from NYC takes for granted

by Angelica Troeder

6 things I stopped giving a sh*t about when I started traveling full-time

by Valerie Stimac

18 signs you were born and raised in Cincinnati

by Matt Hershberger

Dear travelers to Philadelphia, please don’t visit until you understand these 11 things

by Monica Williams
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