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In the Movie Life of Pi, Pi wanted to believe three religions (Hinduism, Christianity ans Islam), but he is not aware of Buddhism. As I guess, in the movie the Buddhism is represented by the Buddist Sailor (Zebra).

What does that mean? Why Buddhism kept away from Pi's knowledge (even though Buddhism originated in India)?

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Not only Buddhism but there are many more religions left, too. Especially Sikhs which are far more famous religion. Even Janism, as in India there are more followers of Janism than Buddhism.

Fact is that India is too rich in religions, so it's harder to include them all in one single movie.

Another reason may be that the Film was shot in Puducherry (Pi's House) where Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the common religions. Showing Buddhism in Puducherry is going to be unrealistic as in Puducherry, as I know, Buddhism is not that popular.(source)

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Good point about Puducherry, since that's where Pi is raised and where he formed his opinions on religion. – System Down Apr 2 '13 at 19:14
Oh hey - thanks for making me google Puducherry when I thought it was Pondicherry and allowing me to discover its alternate name. Knowledge is good ;) – Nobby Apr 18 '13 at 13:19
@Nobby in India many cities have more then one name and puducherry/Pondicherry is one of them. – Ankit Sharma Apr 18 '13 at 17:02
some would argue that the tiger is the religion of Sikhs. As they are know to be fearless like them and Sikhs have saved the hindu religion from extinction. – user6411 Oct 13 '13 at 7:14

If the movie about capturing every single religion in India, you can bet that it would be lengthier than four hours. We are too diverse to be in one movie. Either way, it wouldn't be too logical that Pi would get impressed by Buddhist traditions since we have a very minor proportion of Buddhists. I guess the writer was being a realist and his intention was never to show every religion in India.

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I've read the book, though I haven't seen the movie. The book pretends to be based on a true story with a scene where the author goes to interview the grown up Pi. An amazing job is done with the characterization in the book, so much that it is my favorite part-more than any of the dramatic events. Because of this, I don't think that it's about representing all the religions in India, it's about Pi's personal beliefs. He's surely aware of Buddhism, just doesn't believe it.

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