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Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Thu Mar 18 07:15:55 PDT 2021

meqmey law’ HaDta’ ‘ej Dajchu’ ghomvam ghotjpu’ net tobqa’.

charghwI’ ‘utlh
(ghaH, ghaH, -Daj)

> On Mar 18, 2021, at 5:17 AM, De'vID <de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Mar 2021 at 17:31, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name <mailto:sustel at trimboli.name>> wrote:
> On 3/17/2021 11:36 AM, Will Martin wrote:
>> And so, North became the dominant reference point on the compass.
> No, that's not why. In fact, I have read that most early maps put east at the top, since the sun rises in the east. Cultures tend to make their maps reflect their homes as the dominant or top of a map. Modern compasses come from Western and Northern culture, so North gets put on top.
> The Klingon word for "compass", {SInan}, is a pun on the original Chinese name of this device, 司南 (sīnán). The character 南 means "south", and is a pictograph of a compass. (The modern Chinese name, 指南針, means "south-pointing needle".)
> Historical Chinese maps put China in the centre of the world. Some of the earliest Chinese maps actually placed North on top, not because of magnetism, but because the Emperor came from the North. (The compass pointed from the Emperor towards his subjects, who were in a "lower" position than himi.) Historical Islamic maps place Mecca in the centre, and some of the earlier ones, such as the 12th c. al-Idrisi map, put South at the top (placing Arabia above Europe). During the Age of Sail, it was common to consider East to be the top of the map. The convention that North is the dominant reference point is quite recent in history.
> For all we know, Klingons have the compass directions that they do because Boreth happened to be in the East when Kahless pointed to it.
> Here's an article from the BBC about this subject:
> https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160614-maps-have-north-at-the-top-but-it-couldve-been-different <https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160614-maps-have-north-at-the-top-but-it-couldve-been-different>
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