In many African languages, particularly in the Bantu languages of central and eastern Africa, the concept of health is metaphorically linked to such notions as balance, purity, coolness, order, strength, or force. In contrast, sickness is associated with conflict, pollution, heat, chaos or misfortune, and suffering (Janzen 1994: 165). When the balance between the natural and supernatural worlds is threatened or disrupted, the inevitable result is human affliction. Afflictions include physical illness, drought, infertility, even failure in school or business. Hence, objects, such as this Yaka power figure, are used to capture, contain, and manipulate the supernatural powers of spirit beings. When honored by the living with libations, sacrifices, and other ritual attentions, the spirits can intervene to help restore balance and security, bring good fortune and health, and help the living come to terms with the precarious nature of life.