The earliest Egyptian Gods were embodied by animals and worshipped by the tribes of Egypt. As the civilization advanced, the deities took on other characteristics and were most often depicted with human bodies and animal heads. Many Egyptian Gods have their origin in creation and the forces of nature and were also strongly connected to the afterlife.
By the time of the Old Kingdom, a national religion developed. As the political climate evolved, the shifts in power also changed the status of the gods. The more politically prominent the city became, so too did the deity of the cult center located within it. During conflict the pharaoh determined the will of the gods.