• tan (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • tán (Pinyin)1
  • t'an (Wade-Giles)


    altar; place for ritual sacrifices, usually a raised structure of pounded earth; building complex where the primary ritual structure is an altar (Guo 2002, 77; Fu 2017, 367; Kroll 2015, 441).2


Works Cited

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  • 1 陳. 2010. 《營造法式》辭解, 367.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 77.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; FU. 2017. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays, 367.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 441.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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CMW S21, “ tán” in Architectura Sinica last modified May 27, 2021, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000176.


CMW S21, “ tán.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 11, 2021. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000176.

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