Life of Pi and Spirituality


So I saw Life of Pi the other day. It was a really, really great movie, and one of those rare movies I highly recommend seeing in 3D.

Now I want to discuss something that happened at the end of the movie. It’s a huge, massive spoiler, so if you haven’t seen the film, don’t read any further. If you want to talk about it, however, please click the page number below to see what I have to say!

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2 Responses to “Life of Pi and Spirituality”

  1. Warren Adams-Ockrassa Says:

    …well, that, or that ‘god’ prefers romance and intricacy to straightforward actions. Mysterious Ways, etc.

    Did you notice the images of Vishnu in repose? The very young Pi has a Vishnu statue by his bed; its silhouette appears at least twice in the film: Once where they go to the valley that contains the Catholic church where Pi steals the water; and again when they come to the floating island – the entire island is the silhouette of Vishnu.

    The symbology there was interesting. To me, there’s a reference to a kind of purification or redemption (fresh water on the island, water in the baptismal font); and of course Vishnu is the source of all, who breathes out the cosmos, then breathes it all back in again. The island had similar properties, inhaling and exhaling pure water and acid.

    • Chris Says:

      I did notice the shape of the island, though I didn’t connect it with Vishnu. My grasp of Hindu mythology isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be.


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