• miao (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • miào (Pinyin)
  • miao (Wade-Giles)


    temple; a building used for worship or veneration, often of ancestral or local spirits (Guo 2002, 58; Miller 2007, 88; Kroll 2015, 307)1


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  • 1 GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 58.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; MILLER. 2007. The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci, 88.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 307.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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CMW S21, “ miào” in Architectura Sinica last modified March 4, 2021, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000083.


CMW S21, “ miào.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 21, 2018. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000083.

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Entry Title: miào

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  • ZHUGE Jing 諸葛净, associate editor, Architectural Terminology
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