is the ceremonial display of a corpse post-mortem.
A FUNERARY CORPSE ON DISPLAY
The meaning of 尸 it is extended however to mean the body generally. It is sometimes also used as a pictorial image to indicate not only the body but also the backside as e.g.
which of course stinks like a corpse.
AVOID EVADE ESCAPE
辟 indicates punishment (right hand 辛， which is the image of a punitive knife handle up blade down or an upsided down person, being punished); this punishment may be by decapitation （ 口mouth here represents the head, 尸 is the remainder of the dead body) or exile. Meaning: the criminal may AVOID decapitation by Going into exile.
Pi Law, Rule, Bi Monarch
This depicts the consequences of rule breaking as a symbol of the idea of law, rule, ruler. On the right is the punishing dagger. In the middle is the mouth of the victim. On the left is the person to be punishment. This may depict capital punishment as consequence of law breaking. In any case it represents the idea of LAW RULE MONARCH.
Pictogram of a Punitive Dagger. Ideogram of an inverted person as a symbol or image of the idea of punishment.
ren, a sharp knife. The dot indicates the sharp edge of the knife. May also be a drop of blood to indicate the potential of the knife.
KEEN EDGED KNIFE
Wu4 DO NOT
Image of a knife shedding blood. Later by extension also scythe reaping grain.
This is the image of a baby abandoned in a basket. The lower character 廾 gong3 is hands joined. It evokes 升 sheng1 which means to lift up. Gong3 here 廾 is a simplification; it was originally two hands holding up the basket with 𠫓 which is a stylized simplified image of an inverted fetus or baby (horizontal lines are arms, dot is the legs head s beneath as 厶 si1 which means private, personal).