ABSTRACT

Spiritual systems utilise a great arsenal of tools and techniques in their pursuit of union with the divine, and art is one of them. Art within a spiritual system functions as the carrier of knowledge or gnosis, and is used both to record the experience and to educate others. This functionality is designed to enable spiritual art to carry a narrative-describing the path, and indicating the different experiences on the path-and in this capacity is intrinsic to the path of initiation.