msqt (“a mythological place of the dead”) + sḥdw, plural of sḥd (“star”), in a direct genitive construction.
- a region of the sky to which a dead king was said to ascend, most likely the Milky Way [Pyramid Texts]
- c. 2345-2333 BCE, Pyramid of King Teti, south wall of the passage between the burial chamber and antechamber, Pyramid Text spell 262, section 24 (trans. Allen):
- nj ḫsb.n sw ꜥḥ-ḥḏ wrw jr msqt-sḥdw
- The White Palace of the great ones cannot bar him from the Beaten Path of Stars.
Alternative hieroglyphic writings of msqt-sḥdw
|from the pyramid of King Unas
||from the pyramid of King Pepi II
- ^ Allen, James (2013) A New Concordance of the Pyramid Texts, volume III, Providence: Brown University, PT 262.24 (Pyr. 334c), Teti
- ^ Allen, James (2005) The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, page 78