The close relationship between healing and religion in Africa is well-illustrated by the common belief that the separation of physical well-being from spiritual well-being can cause serious harm to an individual or community. Consequently, the interaction of humans, spirits, and deities is needed for health and prosperity. Throughout Africa, people compose figures of supernatural beings, such as these carved Dogon primordial ancestral figures, who serve as mediators between the natural and supernatural worlds. Through such figures, the ancestors can provide their living descendants with health, well-being, and abundance. On the other hand, if angered by the living, the ancestors can cause misfortune and disease.