An (Shinto)

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A hakkyaku-an carrying a tamagushi

The an (?) is a small table, desk or platform used during Shinto ceremonies to bear offerings. It may have four, eight or sixteen legs; the eight-legged variety, called hassoku-an or hakkyaku-an (八足案, 八脚案?, lit. "eight-legged table"), is the most common.

See also[edit]

  • Glossary of Shinto, for an explanation of terms concerning Shinto, Shinto art, and Shinto shrine architecture.
  • Basic Terms of Shinto, Kokugakuin University, Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Tokyo 1985

References[edit]

  • "An". Encyclopedia of Shinto. Tokyo, Japan: Institute of Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  • Picken, Stuart (1994). Essentials of Shinto: An Analytical Guide to Principal Teachings. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 369. ISBN 0313264317.