There has always been an undefined intersection between religion and culture. Often there is confusion and misunderstandings when we see culture being represented as religion or vice versa. It is important to understand the differences between the two, and where exactly the intersections lie, and more so, how can someone determine whether what they see or hear about is as a result of a particular culture or a teaching of a certain faith.
When we start to blur the lines between cultural practices or traditions and the teachings of a certain faith, culture begins to influence religion and causes people to act in contradiction to the actual teachings of religion.
In actuality, religion transcends culture and it is important to educate ourselves on what is an innovation of culture and what the teachings of a particular religion are - listen to an in-depth discussion about this interesting topic in this podcast episode.