This group is following Pi as he explores Muslim teachings. They will relate words, phrases, quotes, symbols, etc. to the nature of god and how faith translates to life.

"The mosque was truly an open construction, to God and to breeze. We sat cross legged listening to the imam until the time came to pray. Then the random pattern of sitters disappeared as we stood and arranged ourselves shoulder to shoulder in rows, every space ahead being filled by someone from behind until every like was solid and we were row after row of worshipers. It felt good to bring my forehead to the ground. Immediately it felt like a deeply religious contact" (Martel 77).
In this quote, Pi is learning of the muslim religion. After discovering Hindu and Christians religions, he seeks out more and discovers the muslim. He finds it free and welcoming which gives him a sense that he can immediately belong. At this point in the book he is moving away from his stage of innocence in the hero's journey and learning that there are more ideas out there beside the ones he grew up with. He is beginning to form his own opinions. (Tori, Jeff, Anna, Tyler-davis6)
praying is an important part of the muslim religion of which Pi discovers

"I was surprised to read at the Toronto Zoo-a very fine zoo, I might add-that leopards can jump eighteen feet straight up. Our leopard enclosure in Pondicherry had a wall sixteen feet high at the back; I surmise that Rosie and Copycat never jumped out not because of constitutional weakness but simply because they had no reason to. Animals that escape go from the known into the unknown-and if there is one thing an animal hates above all else, it is the unknown." (Martel 51)

Stereotypes are spawned out of people's hatred and fear for the unknown. Many people in America may believe that all Muslims are terrorists because of no background knowledge into their true religion and beliefs of the Muslim faith. Because these beliefs might differ from the ones that are close to us we see them as a threat and tend to stay away from their thought process. Pi is exceptional in the fact that he is able to overcome the stereotypical boundaries and have a belief in three separate religions that tend not to like one another. The equilibrium Pi has found with his religions is almost nonexistent because of the unaccepting and strong opinionated beliefs many people have in this day and age. Muslims are purely Muslim and Christians are purely Christian, there are not many in-betweens. The clip below shows a couple that could be perfect for each other except they let their stereotypes and belief systems get in the way. The man feels that he must distance himself as quick as possible from the unknown to be more comfortable. As soon as the woman realizes what he is she feels that she must stay far away from something she does not know and speeds off quickly to return to her known. Because if there is one thing a human hates above all else, it is the unknown. (Tyler, Jeff, Tori, Anna- davis6)

"I loved my prayer rug...it was a good prayer rug because it helped me remember that the earth is the creation of God and sacred the same all over. The pattern, in gold lines upon a background of red, was plain: a narrow rectangle with a trianglular peak at one extremity to indicate the qibla, the direction of prayer, and little curlicues floating around it, like wisps of smoke or accents from a strange language. The pile was soft. When I prayed, the short, unknotted tasselswere inches from the tip of my forehead at one end of the carpet and inches from the tip of my toes at the other, a cozy size to make you feel at home anywhere upon this vast earth." ( Martel 96,97)

This quote exemplifies Pi's experiences when he is praying as a muslim. He feels as if he reaches closer to God because he is bowing down and touching God. He believes that his prayer rug helps him reach God by amplifying his sense of nearing God while praying and therefore it is a good prayer rug. The image below is an example of a musslim prayer rug that might be used during their daily praying ritual.(Tyler, Tori, Jeff, Anna-davis6)
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In Bangladesh, the muslim tradititon had a special prayer ceremony before the hunters in their community go out and gather their honey for the season. The prayer however is in order to protect them from the man eating tigers that live in the same jungle they must venture into for the honey. Comparetively, Pi lives on board in comtained space with a tiger that he trains and survives with. Why is this tiger less feroicous than the ones in Bangledesh? Pi lives because he satisfys Richard Parker's hunger and doesn't venture into his territory. Different to the hunters that venture straight into the jungle and into the tigers habitats. **news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/ world/south_asia/2952559.stm** link to article
honeyhunter walks through jungle
honeyhunter walks through jungle
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The messenger of Allah said: "Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so." http://www.religioustolerance.org/islam.htm

This quote exemplifies the way that Pi lives his everyday life. He prays as much as he can, he fasts at Ramadhan and he follows the guidelines of the Muslim religion. (Davis 6- Tori, Tyler, Jeff, Anna)

EXISTENTIALISM ---Our thoughts, images, and discoveries
Make sure to put your names, so I can give you credit!

Existentialism --
"Something in me died then that has never come back to life." (Martel 311)
He figured out that his meaning of life has died. Just existing is unknown existence.
"I babbled incoherent thanks to God and collapsed" (Martel 325)
Has reached a enlightment stage on his whole meaning of life. Discovered the utility which is meaningliess until you discover it.
"It would bear much further study, but unfourtunatley I lost the algae that I took away" (Martel 343)
Further describes the purpose of everything explained. A viewpoint cannot be a decipher of life.

Siddartha by Herman Hess

Siddartha describes a man journey to find enlightment. He grows up in a highly religious Buddhist family and believes he has learned all he can from it. He leaves trying to find the meaning of life. Through his trails of suffering and rejoicing he finds it. By a river side he studies for days describing the river as a never – ending cycle of life. The river flows like we do, just dust in the wind. This relates to the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel because Pi through his different religious studies is to trying to find the meaning of life, but in conclusion life is nothing but just existing; unknown existence.

The Holy Bible

The Bible is a book that people use to describe the purpose of everything. In the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel Pi depicts on a quest where he is challenge with the utility of life. As the Bible says life as a judgment to ascend to heaven, Pi to tries to realize life as a whole. However, in viewpoint like the Bible and Pi’s discoveries, “we are not gained through analysis but what just might occur.” -Anoymous

external image ndi0544l.jpgMake sure, when you add a quote, picture, etc., to discuss it, question it, try to find deeper meaning as it relates to Pi.--Mrs. Davis

A look at Existenialism (Done by Tori, Jeff, Anna and Tyler--6th hour Davis):
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This photo explains existentailsim because the basis of it is asking questions and trying to understand our lives. The picture combines our human head and ideas with different questions we ponder about life.

Wikipedia definition:

Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings create the meanings and essence of their own lives. It emerged as a movement in twentieth-century literature and philosophy, with some forerunners in earlier centuries. Existentialism stresses that people are entirely free and therefore responsible for what they make of themselves. With this responsibility comes a profound anguish or dread. It is a reaction against more traditional philosophies, such as rationalism and empiricism, which sought to discover an ultimate order in metaphysical principles or in the structure of the observed world, and therefore universal meaning. The movement had its origins in the thought of the 19th century philosophers Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and was prevalent in Continental philosophy. Writers like Dostoevsky also contributed to the movement.

www.milforded.org/.../ mminichiello/wq/index.htm says:
What do existentialists believe?
We have read some of Camus' literature as well as some of Sartre's essays. To review the essential beliefs of French existentialists, consider the following ideas:
  1. Existentialists believe in free will.
  2. Exsistentialists do not recognize any human or immortal authority.
  3. Existentialists believe that they are responsible for all the consequences of their actions.
  4. Sartre stated that we "are condemned to be free."
  5. Camus stated that "life is absurd."

[[http://www.multnomah.edu/.../existentialism.htmlWhere|www.multnomah.edu/.../ existentialism.html]]
Where did we come from, & where are we going?
[+] It is impossible to know our origin, and our destiny is death
"Eye" M. C. Escher 1946
"You can think about death as much as you like, but it doesn't get you any further, and you go on with your daily activities, no matter how stupid and unimportant they may be."*

From the same website:

I am hoping very soon to have something to hope for.
Nothing really matters except a few things that really don't matter very much.
The reasons for my existence have not yet been established . . . but investigation is continuing.
Slowly but surely, I'm getting nowhere.
My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot.
Live life as you may-you'll never live through it.
Sometimes life is such a beautiful road . . . I almost stop wondering where it leads.
L I F E has a big "I F" in the middle of it.
No, life isn't what I wanted-haven't you got anything else?
I need you to help me enjoy my loneliness.
Violence has no place in America! Anyone who preaches violence should be shot like a dog!
Take away the life lie from the average man, and you take away his happiness.
The man wanted the dream, now the dream will govern the man.

Three Quotes from Life of Pi:

"They are called zebras" I said.
"Have they been painted with a brush?"
"No, no. They look like that naturally."
"What happens when it rains?" (pg 104-105)
In this quote you must look beyond the obvious answer about what happens to zebras and look to a farther meaning and ponder what happens to the surroundings when it actually does rain. Where does rain come from and why does it choose to rain now? How do things become wet and where does the water go after you become wet?

"No, I don't. You have no food at all? Nothing?"
There was silence, a heavy silence.
"Where are you?" I asked.
"I'm here," he replied wearily
"But where is that? I can't see you."
"Why can't you see me?"
"I've gone blind."
"What?" he exclaimed.
"I've gone blind. My eyes see nothing but darkness. I blink for nothing. These last two days, if my skin can be trusted to measure time. It only can tell me if it's day or night." (pg. 314-315)
In this quote, Pi is having a conversation with an imaginary person. He asks many questions that he wants a concrete specific answer for. Pi gets frustrated with him because there is an answer but the answer is not the most important part. It is more important that he is blind than how he got there. The answer isn't important, which is an existentailist idea.

"What was missing here to tame Richard Parker? Time? It might be weeks before a ship sighted me. I had all the time in the world. Resolve? There's nothing like extreme need to give you resolve. Knowledge? Was I not a zookeeper's son? Reward? Was there any reward greater than life? Any punishment worse then death?" (pg. 207-208)
Again Pi is looking for answers that can't be answered unless he were to try, but was he willing to take that risk? Especially when Pi asks if there is "any punishment greater than death?" he is asking an existential question.

Winnie the Pooh:
In the Winnie the Pooh parody, it shows that humans need a concrete, absolute answer for all questions. Christopher Robin continues to ask Pooh about "what is which and which is what" and demands an answer. Pooh doesn't need an answer and nor does he have one. Christopher Robin looks for the answer even more by going to an outside source, owl, and demands an answer. Owl is unable to answer him because there is no logical answer. This shows that not every question has/needs a concrete answer which is hard for humans to grasp. They continue talking about if they could change and become another person, would they and who would they change to. They decide that people are themselves because they choose to be without having the knowledge and outside influences influence their choices. This shows existentialism because they are asking about things that they know cannot be answered.
(Tori, Anna, Jeff, Tyler - 6th hour)