Study Guide

Life of Pi Part 1, Chapter 16

By Yann Martel

Part 1, Chapter 16

  • Pi tells us his Auntie Rohini took him to a temple when he was an infant. And that's why he loves all religions.
  • He loves Hinduism for its rituals and fragrances and vibrancy.
  • He also really believes in the principle of Brahman saguna and atman, where the divine manifest in the world connects with the divine in human beings. (See Themes: Religion for more.)
  • Pi gives a wave of the finger to fundamentalists and literalists. He tells a nice story about Lord Krishna and a nice story about a woman in Toronto to illustrate his point. Suffice it to say, Pi likes it when people love God and each other.