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Cultural History Articles

Our world’s cultural diversity is awe-inspiring. In this corner of the Internet, we’re embracing and exploring the history behind all the unique customs that we see today.

Have you ever considered the origins and meaning behind the celebration of Halloween? How about Labor Day, or Juneteenth? Where exactly did the charming legend of Santa Claus come from, and how did it come to be tied to a Christian holiday? Even for those who observe these holidays, their fascinating historical origins can be obscure, but we’re breaking it all down for you.

Beyond the celebration of holidays, there’s a whole world of cultural history to explore. Dig into culinary history books that share the meaning behind various regional dishes and eating etiquette. Discover the history behind endangered languages that only have a few speakers left. Or learn about the fraught history of the corset, and what the garment meant to the women who wore it.

Curious about cultures beyond your own? We’ve rounded up the best books that open your eyes to other people’s way of life. Including Christian and Jewish history, the Middle East, Native American perspectives, Black history, and more, the best way you can appreciate other cultures is to educate yourself about them.

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The Witch: Tracing the History of Fear and Allegations of Black Magic

A historian examines how different cultures have perceived witchcraft, from ancient times to today.

5 Best Food Travel Books

Help yourself to a fascinating new read.

Amazon Warrior Women: Separating Fact From Fiction

Does the fascinating Greek legend have any basis in reality?

7 Elvis Presley Books That Explore the Man Beyond the Cultural Icon

A look from every angle at the complicated man behind the music legend.

What We Know About Uncontacted Peoples

These tribes have spurned contact with the modern outside world.

The Carnyx: Music on the Iron Age Battlefield

This wind instrument was designed to intimidate opponents.

What Is Juneteenth and Why Is It Important?

Discover the cultural celebration behind the historic anniversary.

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

Let's delve into the meaning behind this month-long observance.

Heinrich Schliemann and the Controversial Discovery of Ancient Troy

Was he a pioneer of archaeology or a con man who got lucky?

8 Stunning Gothic Castles That You Can Visit

Built during the Middle Ages, these castles are still standing today.

9 Books to Read for Native American Heritage Month

These personal stories shed light on the modern Native American experience.

The Obscure Origins of Halloween

Discover the rich history behind this spooky holiday.

Rediscover the World Around You With 7 Accessible Ethnographies

These eye-opening books shed light on other cultures and communities.

A Change in Weather Created Global Consequences in the 17th Century

Historian Geoffrey Parker explores how global cooling caused famine, war, and economic collapse in the 1600s.