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I can't work out why the player winds are the way they are. If East sits to the left and West totheright, North and South seem the wrong way round. South will be top and North at the bottom. Whether it's done by compass points or what, I can't tell, but it doesn't make sense to me!
 
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Here is an explanation for you:

http://www.mahjongg.com/invcomp.htm
 
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I think it's to do with compass directions in heaven, which are apparently the opposite to the ones here on Earth. I haven't been there so I'm not too sure about that.
 
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Hmm, I was wondering why my Mah Jongg mat (pictured here) had E and W reversed.
That's the East character in the foreground, and the North is somewhat visible on the left.



My Chinese wife, and her brother who is an experienced Mah Jongg player, didn't know either. We just assumed the mat-maker goofed up!

 
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monkian wrote:
I think it's to do with compass directions in heaven, which are apparently the opposite to the ones here on Earth. I haven't been there so I'm not too sure about that.

Yes, it's the heavens. If you lay face-up on the ground with your head to the north, then east is to your left and west to the right. Astrological influences probably.
 
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Thanks everyone!

When I explain it to my friends, I'll come across as knowledgable and wise.
Hopefully....
 
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