Relationship between the North and the back, 北 and 背

The first spelling of 北 Chinese character showed two people back-to- back. 北 originally meant back. It took the meaning of North. Why 北 became North? A thesis explains that when large houses were built, the large reception hall had to allow the owner to stand facing south and back to North, 坐北朝南.
Evolution of the spelling of 北 from left to right:

To avoid confusion of meaning, the meat key 月 has been added, which is found in many characters related to the body and limbs. Thus, 背 bèi was born, and it .


北 běi,north
背 bèi, back

Articles by character :

Radical arrow 矢

Radical child 子

Radical eye 目

Radical heart 心

Radical illness 疒

Radical knife 刀,刂

Radical 巳

Character 青

Chinese language

6 October 2020

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