We are a non-profit organization and we would rather spend the money on our mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. Once one is aware of the djed and its importance to ancient Egyptian culture it is impossible to miss. Origins The precise origin of the djed is unknown but it was associated with the god Ptah, an early creator god in the Predynastic Period whose attributes were later assumed by the deities Atum and Osiris. According to historian Clare Gibson, the djed was an early phonogram which could also act as a pictogram or ideogram. The djed symbolized the spoken word-concept for stability, was the written word for stability, and stood for the concept itself. In the Predynastic Period it may have originally been a representation of a fertility pole upon which sheaves of grain were suspended at festivals.