Many religions seem to have a lot of symbolic ties to the east. Not like eastern philosophy, just the geographical east: Muslims face east to pray, Christian churches are (or at least were) built facing east, the Buddha was said to be facing east when he achieved enlightenment, etc. Maps used to always be drawn with east at the top, rather than north like today. I was pondering the possibility of there being more to this than just the symbolism of the rising sun, new day, birth, etc. Maybe there is something physically that makes us associate east with spirituality. The earth rotates in that direction, and we are on the earth, maybe there's something very subtle but concrete about us that turns our faces east. Maybe it's the subtle motion of turning eastward, maybe it's a magnetic thing, but I think it's a possibility. Any thoughts?