Life of Pi

Chapter 16-20 How is religion more than rite and ritual?


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This section also illuminates Pi’s devotion to his religions, for we see him up against many obstacles. The holy men themselves do not want to share him with other religions, his parents would prefer he were as secular as they were, and his brother mocks him. Even the religious communities see him differently once they know that he is not solely devoted to any one of their respective creeds. Yet none of this dims Pi’s dedication to his three religions, and to God. To Pi, religion is his right to experience on his own terms rather than simply a ritual to go through. Religion means something more to Pi than just simply adhering to a specific dogma.