(Bambara, Bozo, Dogon, Malinke, Minyanka/Mali)
The primary mythic signs, numbering 266, represent the basis of knowledge, Doni Dyu, the seed of knowledge, the basis of creation. The origin of creatures is in the signs. The universe emerged from the spirit and thought of a creator god who first brought forth, out of nothing, these signs that designated in advance all that was to make up the creation. God created matter in the form of a placenta, on the walls of which were engraved the first signs of all that was to be created. The development of beings and things is also prefigured by the 266 primordial signs. This system of signs explains the genesis of a world whose components were all sketched originally in the consciousness of God. See also: Amma.