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

24 things everyone from Michigan has to explain to out-of-towners

by Cathy Brown

20 things Wisconsinites always have to explain to out-of-towners

by Holly Robertson

10 signs you were born and raised as a military brat

by C-M "Spike" Daeley

15 differences between a normal friend and a boat friend

by Shelby Huff

15 signs you’ve been away from Texas too long

by Alisa Kennedy

7 Reasons why we should all be moving to Romania right now

by Sorcha Sills

9 signs you were born and raised in Austria

by Nikola Falk

20 signs you were born and raised in Lithuania

by Milda Ratkelyte

20 reasons Ohio is the most underrated state in the US

by Matt Hershberger

12 things everyone from New Mexico has to explain to out-of-towners

by Jim O'Donnell

23 Signs you were born and raised in Mexico

by Rulo Luna

10 ways to totally humiliate yourself in Spain

by Elyssa Garrett

11 side effects of living in Luxembourg

by Paula Veselovschi

17 things Californians always have to explain to out-of-towners

by Hannah Smith

9 things you get addicted to after living in Alaska

by Lindsey Parkinson

16 signs you were born and raised in New Mexico

by Emma Gibson

11 signs you’ve been away from New Mexico too long

by Emma Gibson

8 reasons every woman needs to travel alone

by Jacqueline Kehoe
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