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

The 20 funniest Finnish expressions (and how to use them)

by Maari Parkkinen

24 signs you were born and raised in Colombia

by Mónica Corredor

10 things people in Alabama are weirdly passionate about

by Anna Irving

Dear travelers to Budapest: Don’t come until you have understood these 6 things

by Barbara Litzlfellner

15 superstitious beliefs us Filipinos follow on New Year’s Eve

by Kate Alvarez

20 charming illustrations of Christmas traditions from around the world

by Ailsa Ross

Why I chose to be alone on New Year’s Eve

by Marinel de Jesus

How to make your Christmas greener

by Neha

8 things Oregonians love to whine about

by Jon Young

50 British phrases that Americans just don’t understand

by Stacy Ullenes

8 differences between a NYC native and a transplant

by Joey Parr

8 things you need to know to understand Mexican women

by Rulo Luna

Infographic: 12 Christmas traditions from around the world

by Katie Scott Aiton

5 things I love about Denver (that most people hate)

by Tim Wenger

Some unavoidable life lessons you’ll get on the Camino de Santiago

by Jessica Sjouerman

14 things only real Alaskans love to eat and drink

by Jennifer Gracey

16 holiday inspired meals that you can cook on the road

by Ray Wyatt

10 things nobody told me about traveling in India

by Alex Reynolds
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