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Four corners of the world

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Several cosmological and mythological systems portray four corners of the world or four quarters of the world corresponding approximately to the four points of the compass (or the two solstices and two equinoxes). At the center may lie a sacred mountain, garden, world tree, or other beginning-point of creation. Often four rivers run to the four corners of the world, and water or irrigate the four quadrants of Earth.

Tibetan conception of four rivers dividing the world into quadrants
The astronomical symbol of Earth represents either the four quadrants of the world or the four continents.