Religion in Life of Pi

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Throughout the novel, Life of Pi, Pi practices three religions. All the three religions that Pi practices believe that their religion is the only true way to heaven and contradict each other in certain ways. Martel says a lot about religion in the novel. “It was as I listened to that tape that I agreed with Mr. Adirubasamy that this was, indeed, a story to make you believe in God” (Martel xi). This quote from the authors note tells us that one of the major points in the story is to make the reader believe in God. The three religions Pi practices are Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, Martel explains how Pi believes in each one. Pi was born as a Hindu therefore that was the religion he practiced until he was able to be introduced into the other two religions. His mother and Auntie Rohini brought Pi to the temple when he was first born. “’It will be his symbolic first outing” (Martel 59). Although he does not really remember his first temple visit, he knows about it. “I am a Hindu because of sculptured cones of red kumkum powder and baskets of yellow turmeric nuggets, because of garlands of flowers and pieces of broken coconut, because of the clanging of bells to announce one’s arrival to God, because of the whine of the reedy nadaswaram and the beating of the drums, because of the patter of bare feet against stone floors down dark corridors pierced by shafts of sunlight, because of the fragrance of incense, because of flames of arati lamps circling in the darkness, because of bhajans being sweetly sung, because of elephants standing around to bless, because of colourful murals telling colourful stories, because of foreheads carrying, various signified, the same word-faith. (Martel 59,60) This quote explains why Pi is a Hindu. Pi feels like he is at home in the Hindu temple. The Hindu depicts God both as a personal being and a principle. In
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