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

30 funny travel quotes to make you smile

by Henri Bauholz

10 customs you must know before a trip to Japan

by Turner Wright

Magic mushrooms: A first-timer’s guide

by Janine Yu

17 facts about Turkey that will surprise you

by Ayla Jean Yackley

50 African proverbs to get you thinking

by Dikson

The 26 funniest Southern expressions (and how to use them)

by Shannon Dell

12 ways dating a Spanish girl will change you

by Marco Delgado

[Daily dispatch] when did the Panama land bridge show up?

by Emma Thieme

4 things about life I misunderstood before I started traveling

by Amanda Machado

[Daily dispatch] happy Carnaval Rio!

by Emma Thieme

How living abroad helped a closeted gay man make a fresh start

by James Getgood

Here’s why travel gets better with age

by Shawn Forno

9 things you’ll get addicted to living in Kansas

by Joseph Griffin

8 abilities Alabamians have over everyone else

by Anna Irving

20 signs you’re raising a child in Panama

by Carlos Ho DiƩguez

5 travel rules you should always break

by Eric Weiner

13 expressions you need to learn before going to Oregon

by Jon Young

How to become even more Texan in 10 easy steps

by Turner Wright
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