Yes, I know. I was a bit put off by Martels insistance -- but I found the book to be less of religion, and more of the theory of the worlds religions. Maybe you can add some insight here for me... My book club and I are trying to determine why Buddhism was not more strongly represented. Could it be because Hinduism predates Buddhism? Though the hyena represents Islam, the orangutang represents hinduism and the zebra, christianity... I am not finding any relative symbolism to Buddhism. We are debating that it may be the Pi's journey itself, as Buddhism does not pay allegence to the 'outer' God but the God found within, and the spiritual journey to know truth... I would love to know the thoughts of any Buddhist out there!