From this other world, the ancestors have the power to intervene in the lives of the living and are actively involved in the lives of their descendants. The ancestors are concerned with the well-being of the living, but their interventions may be either beneficial or detrimental. They protect and bless the living, and are their descendants' advocates in the spiritual world. But, if the living fail to give the deceased a proper funeral or do not show the dead the honor they deserve, the deceased's spirit may haunt the living and disrupt their lives by causing illness and misfortune. This large and impressive ancestor figure from the Kusu peoples of southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo comes from an area where many different peoples carved such objects to honor ancestors who had made important contributions while alive to the well-being of the clan.