As Dr. Lawrence Poulsen points out, in most ancient languages, the words translated into English as “east” nearly always refer to the rising of the sun, while “west” refers to setting of the sun.
“The concept of direction in ancient cultures was centered on the movement of the sun, in particular its movement relative to the individual’s location. This is an (egocentric: person centered) rather than a geocentric (earth centered) view of direction. In other words, it is based on personal orientation rather than on contemporary global map orientation.”
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