How are storytelling and religion related?

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Before literacy reached the masses, most people relied on oral storytelling to learn about their religion, as that was the only way they could access the stories written in their book of worship. This storytelling allowed people to gain a deeper understanding of their faith, as they learned of the struggles and trials the characters in religious texts had to go through and applied the lessons of these stories to their own lives. All three major monotheistic faiths—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—use stories to guide followers who are trying to practice their faith in moments of hardship, and this is something that Pi understands as well. Pi relies on storytelling to understand the religions he is interested in and interprets religious parables from his own particular viewpoint. Like the characters in these stories, Pi is able to overcome impossible circumstances while lost as sea. It is through storytelling that Pi is able to survive and not give hope, even when his situation...

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