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

How to piss off someone from Cornwall

by Lauren Williams

8 signs you were born and raised in Turkey

by Deniz Ölçek

10 signs you were born and raised in Costa Rica

by Deborah González

10 signs you were born and raised in Virginia

by Lucas Suarez

24 maps that will change the way you see the world

by Matt Hershberger

12 signs you were born and raised in Rhode Island

by Jenna McCrory

11 Signs you were born and raised in Idaho

by Hailey Hirst

Why bartenders are the greatest people to go out with

by Lisa Millar-Jones

9 dates everyone from Pittsburgh goes on

by Kayla Washko

12 signs you were born and raised in Houston

by Jessie Crawford

20 signs you were born and raised in Tegucigalpa

by Joe Batruny

42 signs you’ve been in Australia too long

by Alexandra E. Petri

20 real world places that have inspired Disney movies

by Matt Hershberger

Why traveling solo is better than traveling with friends

by Cristina Luisa

8 things Americans can learn from Czechs

by Katka Lapelosová

New evidence that marijuana can be beneficial to athletic performance?

by Rory Moulton

NASA releases the highest resolution photo ever taken

by Morgane Croissant

12 differences between a normal friend and an Irish friend

by Niall Colbert
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