The Symbolism of „Raising the Djed Pillar”

[Egypt 29946]ÕRaising the ÒdjedÓ pillar at AbydosÕ.

The Djed (Get) Pillar depicted in the Great Temple of Abydos

The Egyptian pillar named “Djed” is said to be a prehistoric fetish, whose significance was not yet, scientifically, explained until now. It was said that maybe is a stylized imitation of a tree without leaves, or maybe is a pole with notches. Some researchers were considering that the pillar (the column or the Djed pillar) was a simple pole around which were linked ears of grains, circularly and in steps. At the agrarian fertility rituals, this pillar was playing an important role – it was a sign of power through which was preserved the power of the grains. Above all, this pillar has become the symbol of “duration” and this is how was getting into pictograms (icons). Since the times of the Old Kingdom, in Memphis have existed priests of the “venerable Djed”; even the most important god of Memphis, Ptah, was named “the venerable Djed”. Also, in Memphis was taking place the ritual of the “Raising of the Djed Pillar”, ritual which was executed by the King (Pharaoh) with the help of some ropes and the contribution of some priests – symbolic action which was believed it was indicating the length of the royal separation. Once Ptah was identified with Sokaris (the god of necropolis) and once Sokaris was identified with Osiris, starting with the New Kingdom the above mentioned fetish has become the symbol of Osiris. The Djed was interpreted as the “backbone of the god (Osiris)”.

In the place where it was the backbone of the deceased and by identifying the deceased person with Osiris, the sarcophaguses from the New Kingdom were often showing a painted Djed pillar. Outside of the significance given above, the “raising” of the pillar was symbolizing Osiris’s victory over his rival – Seth, the one who put aside the Djed. Being a part of the world of the deceased, the Djed had become an ornament full of meaning. The Djed has on top two eyes – the same as on the princely Getic helmets – sign which can be interpreted as “to see better”.

Geto-Dacian Helmet

Getic Helmet of Coţofeneşti – 4th century B.C. | Romania

Our researchers would have learned more quickly if they would have asked an Egyptian villager to tell them about the significance of the Djed pillar. Because of the translation of the hieroglyphs in a certain way, the initial meaning of its name was distorted. Simplifying everything, we are talking about the Get pole (or Geta column), which is an ancient symbol of the Golden Getae who ruled Egypt at that time. Djed in Croatian language means “very old man” and for Egyptians has the same meaning. The elderly were named Djeti (or Geti/Getae). Because they saved mankind, the Golden Getes were considered the Pillars of the Earth. Around them, new human societies were getting reorganized. The pillar was representing the Tree of Life after the cataclysm, with its skinned branches; sometimes the Sun was placed on top and on its sides were placed the Sun Monkeys, who were playing with the heavenly body in the sky. The four horizontals from the top were representing the four corners of the Earth. The pillar was representing the stability of the Earth and its stillness after so many disasters which had occurred when the seas moved from their places and the mountains raised. The Get (Djed) was the one reorganizing everything on this planet, around this pole. This was the symbol of the cosmic balance of our planet.


The Get Pillar / Axis Mundi / Tree of Life depicted on a ceramic vase belonging to the Danubian Civilization Gârla Mare – Žuto Brdo (Romania & Serbia) | 1.600 – 1.150 B.C.

The Golden Getes, the ancestors of Geto-Dacians, who lived in the half of the 2nd millennium B.C. around the Black Sea (the Getic Sea) are the primordial civilization of the reborn world. All of the other human tribes have started from here. The Golden Getes were before the civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other ancient civilizations. These are documented historical truths, recognized by important historians around the world. At that time, the lost world (Poedia) disappeared in proportion of 98%. After the “rebuilding of the world”, the culture of Old Europe had started to resume with the Danube Valley civilization (6.500 B.C., before the existence of Mesopotamia) from Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldavia. After they had rebuilt the primordial human nucleus, those ancient Getes created intercontinental and international routes in order to populate the planet in places like Europe, Asia, Africa, and possibly America. They became so advanced in the science of metallurgy at a point that they could have created melting temperatures of thousands of degrees. They belonged to the same culture, and they have had huge cities. They had the oldest writing in the world, they invented the wheel, and the Yin and Yang symbol was present on those territories 1.000 years before it was discovered in China. They invented the swastika 2.000 years before its apparition into the rest of the world. Important discoveries were made about all of those things and facts, but they were not publicized. Cucuteni culture is the oldest culture in the world and its existence was before the cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Romania is a country with a fantastic archeological heritage. The “horns symbol (bucranium)” appeared here 4.000 B.C. years ago; after this, the symbol was introduced in Egypt and was belonging to the Egyptian pharaohs, who actually were Get gods.

Jennifer Chi, one of the ISAW directors from New York University, said that because of a very large number of exhibits it took her one year and a half in order to make the Cucuteni catalogs from New York. During this time she collaborated with 20 cultural institutions from Romania, among which were the History Museum of Romania in Bucharest, Iaşi History Museum, and Cucuteni Museum in Piatra Neamţ. The exposition amazed the scientific world from over the ocean, who was not aware of this truth which is demolishing all the hypotheses and histories known until now.

The parents of the first Egyptian pharaohs, from the Old Egyptian Kingdom, were Getes. The place of origin of the Egyptian pharaohs was Getia (Arcodabara note: Land of Punt / Pontus Euxinus i.e. Black Sea). The Sun gods, Osiris and Isis, were Getes. In front of the Egyptian temples, the ritual of the raising of the Djed pillar is still practiced – symbolizing the place where the ancient god Osiris, who was assembled from pieces and reborn, had lived. After the last planetary cataclysm, when 98% of humanity died when a “snake” comet “attacked” our planet, the Danubian Knights gathered the rest of humanity around the Getic Sea. The Getes had fed, educated, and prepared them for the recolonization of our ravaged planet. „Get” is an ancient word which is still used by Egyptians, when they are addressing the older people. At the Egyptians, the Gets are named “the great grand-mother” and “the great grand-father”. The story of Osiris (a white man, the Sun god painted in blue – the same with the Dacian Agathyrsi) and his brother Seth (the killer) is actually a Getic story. Seth cut Osiris in pieces and after that he placed him into a coffin and threw the coffin into the ocean. The cosmic cataclysm broke humanity into pieces, a sign of the Universal Flood Val-Hala or the Great Terror. The coffin sailed along the shores of many countries until the sacred tree diverted it with its roots – the Tree of Life, the Djed (Get) pillar which saved all the people who were still alive. The coffin was then found by goddess Isis, Osiris’s sister. Her weeping tears had touched Osiris and in that moment he was brought back to life. They lived together for a while, until they procreated Horus.

The raising of the Getic pillar was representing the stability of all the elements that a normal evolution of the human society was based on; elements like all the four cardinal points, the calendar, the seasons, the position of the stars in the sky, etc. Osiris (OS-IRIS) was inside the Tree Of Life which was teared down by the planetary cataclysm. The story of his life was symbolizing the rebuilding of the god’s body – putting an order in everything (OS means “the strong”) and carefully supervising the balance of things (IRIS means “the all seeing eye”). Being inspired by the Djed symbol, Emperor Trajan, who after two wars with the Dacians had found the meaning and purpose of the Getic school and philosophy, ordered the building of the Trajan’s Column in Rome, in 113 A.D. This column is a Djed pillar, a genuine Getic column. The statue of the Emperor placed on top of the column, attributed him the role of god (Osiris) who was watching over his country, the Roman Empire. By placing the urn ashes at the base of the column, was ensured his permanent presence into the “verticality” of the Imperial balance beyond death. Being one of the most impressive triumphal monuments which was ever built, Trajan’s Column is one of the most complete works carved in marble left to us by antiquity. The column is a prolific source of study for historians, archeologists, and artists from all over the world. Trajan’s Column is one of the most famous monuments in Rome. Being inspired by the one who understood the history of the Golden Getes and built this column in his Imperial Forum along with hundreds of statues of Dacians, other emperors had built Getic Columns (or Djed pillars) too , as following: in 161 A.D. was built in Rome the Column of Antoninus Pius and after this, in 193 A.D., was built the Column of Marcus Aurelius (with scenes from the Roman-Dacian and Germanic wars); between 268 A.D. – 337 A.D. was built in Constantinople the Column of the Goths (or Getes) ; between 296 A.D. – 305 A.D. was built in Alexandria, Egypt, the Column of Pompeii ; in 330 A.D. was built in Constantinople the Column of Constantine; between 379 A.D. – 395 A.D. was built from an Egyptian obelisk of Thutmosis III, which was brought from Karnak, the Column of Theodosius from Constantinople; between 337 A.D. – 365 A.D., during the reign of Constantinus II, another obelisk was brought from Egypt and was placed in Piazza di S. Giovanni, in Laterno, Rome; the Column of Arcadius was built in 401 A.D., in Constantinople; between 450 A.D. – 457 A.D. was built in Constantinople the Column of Marcianus; between 543 A.D. – 545 A.D. was built in Constantinople the Column of Istinianus, which was destroyed by Ottomans in 1515; in 608 A.D. was built in Rome the Column of Phoca; in 1015 was built in Hildesheim, Germany, The Column of Saint Bernward; in 1574 was build in Paris, France, the Column of Medicis; between 1671 – 1677 was built in London, England, the Monument of the Great Fire; between 1716 – 1737 were built in Vienna, Austria, two columns of the Karlskirche Church; in 1790 was built in Nantes, France, the Column of Louis XVI; between 1791 – 1792 was built in Essonne, France, the Column of Trajan of Méréville; between 1804 – 1823 was built in Pas-de-Calais, France, the Column of the Grande Armée (or the Column of Napoleon’s Army); in 1809 was built in Montreal, Canada, Nelson’s Column; in 1810 was built in Paris, France, Vendôme Column; between 1830 – 1834 was built in Petrograd, Russia, the Column of Alexander; between 1830 – 1834 was built in London, England, Duke of York Column; between 1835 – 1840 was built in Paris, France, “de Juillet” Column; between 1840 – 1843 was built in London, England, Nelson’s Column; between 1850 – 1859 was built in Brusells, Belgium, Congress Column; and in 1926 was built in Oregon, USA, Astoria Column.


Egyptian Obelisk | Karnak Temple Complex

Besides all of these columns, we have the Egyptian obelisks including the ones which were moved, out of Egypt, to other countries. In Rome we have eight Egyptian obelisks, in Italy we have eleven, in France (Paris) we have one, in England we have four, in Germany we have one, in Turkey we have one, in USA (New York) we have one, and in Israel we have one. Also, there were built other modern obelisks like Washington Monument Obelisk in Washington D.C., USA, and Braunschweig Obelisk and Erfurt Obelisk, both of them in Germany. In Romania different monuments of the fallen heroes were built in an obelisk shape form. The Column of Infinity belonging to the great sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi is also a Getic column. All of those columns represented the cosmic stability of the planet.


The Infinity Column (Endless Column) | Târgu-Jiu / Romania

The buildings with a religious character had in their architectural composition at least one such pillar. This was the tower belfry (“T” – the one who keeps the sky, the one who is howling, the tower of the messenger).

As a personified emblem symbol we have the Ankh (the cross of the sky which can be hung in the sky, by its handle). When the AN-KH is not fixed is representing the miserable time when from the skies is raining with hydrocarbons (at this aspect was referring when Egypt was named “the black Earth”. The mummies were dressed in bitumen for the same reason). Also another personified emblem symbol is the Djed pillar, the royal scepter. The Djed appeared first, in the Pre-dynastic period, on the label-cartridges of the king Narmer and had continued to be used throughout the whole history of Egypt. Usually the coat of arms and the emblems accompanied the king everywhere. For example the image of Ramses’s III tomb has a Djed pillar, and is showing the king holding in his hands two maces which are symbolizing the dominion. The same image is also showing the “ankhs” (symbolizing the Egyptian cross) hanging from his arms (symbolizing a sign of balance). We can also find this complex image on a NEB basket, representing the sign of “togetherness” or “the Lord”. The translation of the cryptogram is, as following: “All the dominion and life are reflected in how the stability is approached” (for example Ramses, who became Osiris – assuming himself the role of a leader).

For us, Romanians, the image of the pole (pillar) was introduced at religious funerals and rituals. The pole is placed at the head of the deceased person and after that “the poles are read”. On the Geto-Dacian lead plates from Sinaia you can see an image similar with those in Egypt, but with two heavenly columns between which is placed the leader (or the god).

Since ancient times our people and their wooden work art civilization, have started to build triptychs. As a sign of “Trojan” (big tidal wave which led to a planetary disaster), the name was perpetuated into the names of other things like Troy Fortress (Troesmis, or Trosmis) – which was a Getic fortress located in Tulcea County. Also, from here probably has derived “Tomis” name. The name was perpetuated into the triptychs name (the ropes of the Trojan, IŢE = ropes). In our country, where is a crossroad, is always a triptych (a Troy). The big number of triptychs, which are find on the roadsides of our villages, is showing the great importance Romanian people are giving to them. The Romanian villager, the creator and protector of our spiritual identity, is the one who kept into our conscience the sign and the significance of this perennial element and ancestral message. The places where those triptychs are placed, are very important for the messages they want to convey. So we can find them into the heart of Romanian villages (conveying a sign of stability and balance), at the crossroads (conveying a sign of balance and luck), at the well waters (conveying a sign of life), at the borders of villages, or at the bridgeheads. In the past, in the middle of settlements were built Pillars of Heaven (the T-shape are the ones on which the sky is leaning and not falling on Earth) as a sign of communication with divinity, providing the much needed balance. When in trouble, the Romanians are saying “The sky fell on my head”. If we would knew that this was even possible in the previous ages, when the sky came down so much that we could have touched it, we would have looked with other eyes at the signs our ancestors left for us. The “wheel” of our planet had turned, knocking off stability. The triptych has many arms. It does not have just three arms, as we may believe if we are looking at the name. There are triptychs with four planetary horizon signs, the same as with the Egyptian Getic pillar. Having the image of our Lord painted on the triptych, He is invested with the task of saving the world and keeping the world in balance. Also, He is invested with the task of being a leader – the shepherd. The triptychs are an extension of the menhirs (Men-hir = here is the man, the one who is sustaining the Earth and the Heavens) found on the Gods’ Road, in Bessarabia.

In Maramureş is predominant the cross- triptych, which is placed into a circle and is made from stone or wood (the “Wallachian Wheel”, the rolling sign of our planet – the Old Egyptian Wallachian Church). On the iconography of the Romanian triptychs we have scenes of Jesus’s life, the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary, or we have images of the saints who are patronizing the founder. Also, are frequently represented the Gabriel and Michael archangels, the four evangelists, St. George, St. Demetrius, Saints Constantine and Helena, St. Elias, St. Katherine, St. Paraschiva, St. Filofteia, biblical scenes, and portraits of the founders. One of the details which is getting the attention when it comes to the Romanian triptychs, is that they are reflecting the Christian teachings in a specific Romanian way – integrating into those teachings local autochthonous folkloric visions about life and the world. Some of the triptychs have a resemblance with the image of the Tree of Life, and Adam and Eve dressed in folk garments are placed at the bottom of the triptych (at the base of human life). Eve is illustrated as spinning and Adam is illustrated as plowing or digging the soil. It is believed that we are talking about a naïve assimilation of some celestial elements, but if the Turks had said that this is “the land of Adam” (Adam Clisi) and Pope John Paul II has said that “here is the garden of Virgin Mary”, where else could Adam and Eve have been appeared repopulating the planet? Not here, in the heart of Old Europe? Everything can be explained by the fact that for us, Romanians, the spiritual world has a humanized outward aspect and God is perceived as existing inside of you – inside the human being. We do not have a God who is cold and careless, we have a God who is sitting with people at the table and people are addressing Him with “God, sweetheart”. Wherever they are placed, the signs of the Getic (Djed) Pillar are bringing harmony and balance; but more than anywhere else, those signs are “at home” in our Romanian land of the Golden Getes.

Arcodabara note:

The name of Tomis (Constanţa) actually comes from queen Tomyris of the Massagetae who founded the fortress. She was also famous for defeating and beheading Cyrus the Great.

Article written by George V. Grigore | Simbolistica înălţării Pilonului Get (Djed)

Translated by Ioana A.


2 thoughts on “The Symbolism of „Raising the Djed Pillar”

  1. civilization started on the Pontic Steppes(Middle Earth)during the height of the ice age. from there it migrated to the Aegean(Eden) where it sailed the “Great Ocean” to colonize and rule the world. It ended in the “Great Flood” when the ice dam at the Iron Gate failed and a glacial lake(s) some 250,000kms3 emptied triggering a tectonic reaction which caused massive worldwide tsunamis. the obelisk is a remnant of the towers which magnified sunlight to provide heat and also relay signals to communicate across vast networks and was evolved from the invention of Prometheus who “stole” the heavenly fire by sculpting a magnifying glass out of ice more than 40,000yrs ago. also the “Great Flood” is marked by an eclipse on or about the summer solstice at the end of the Younger Dryas. the origin of the Star&Crescent it is also accompanied with(Jupiter) rising. it appeared as the moon covered the sun as if to rend a portion of light as the world slipped into darkness

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