Gods and religion
The Egyptians had countless gods and goddesses, who could each be worshipped in the home or in a temple. Temples were believed to act as a ‘house of the god’, and deities lived there in the form of statues and wall scenes. Gods could also take on the form of sacred animals, and Egyptian gods are frequently recognisable as part-human part-animal. The gods required a constant supply of offerings and prayers. Many small images of the gods in museums today were originally made as gifts for the gods.