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

20 signs you were born and raised in Italy

by Marco Chiusaroli

23 signs you were born to travel

by Matt Hershberger

17 signs you were raised in a Chinese-American family

by LiAnne Yu

10 idioms only Italians understand

by Marco Chiusaroli

10 things that will happen when you move to Norway

by Paul Kucewicz

10 signs you’ve never been to Mexico City

by Susannah Rigg

15 differences between a normal friend and a Russian friend

by Ania Kish

10 idioms only the French understand

by Morgane Croissant

13 signs you were born and raised in Finland

by Veikka Lahtinen

5 things Mexicans say to avoid the word NO

by Susannah Rigg

30 signs you grew up in Brooklyn

by Alexandra E. Petri

8 simple ways to be more in the moment when you travel

by Paige Smith

20 fascinating things you didn’t know about Utah

by Carlo Alcos

Celebrate autumn with these 30 surreal photos

by Matt Hershberger

20 signs this is your first time away from home

by Matt Hershberger

Forget the landscape: Start photographing yourself on your travels

by Emma Thieme

12 things Mexicans say vs. what we really mean

by Rulo Luna

20 things travelers do in their 20s

by Matt Hershberger
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