Literally a main hall or hall, a tang is usually a building designed to house a special ritual or function (陳 2010, 310; Hucker 1985, 486; Guo 2002, 77; Fu 2017, 367; Kroll 2016, online edition). From records dating to the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods（770 BCE - 221 BCE), we can deduce that a tang originally referred to a building atop a podium. Additionally, the term tang was also used to refer to a high and open main room in the most important building of a larger complex. In pre-Qin sources (and after) this was the location for important ceremonial activities (Zhuge and Xue 2021, 102).2
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- 1 陳. 2010. 《營造法式》辭解, 310.
- 2 陳. 2010. 《營造法式》辭解, 310.; HUCKER. 1985. A Dictionary of official titles in Imperial China, 486.; GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 77.; FU. 2017. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays, 367.; 漢語大詞典編纂処. 2011. 漢語大詞典, accessed May 27, 2022.; 诸葛. 2021. “厅堂”与“厅堂(式构架)”：一个词语的分裂史, 102.
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Bibliography:ZHUGE Jing 諸葛凈 et al., “ 堂 táng .” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 21, 2018. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000049.
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