Many Egyptians felt it necessary to pray to the gods, and did so in their own, special way. While most cities and towns had one local god, others were widely known. From what I've seen the Egyptians had a pretty "laid back" sort of religion. Did you know that they devoted whole temples to just one god? That's pretty crazy if you ask me. But even though the gods were represented as animals, it wasn't common to treat the actual animals with any more respect. That was most commonly frowned upon in Ancient Egyptian society. The effort they put in the temples were designed to pay tribute to the gods. (Or god if it was a single god they were worshiping.) They must have appreciated them too because the architecture is "brilliant" as the British say; more on that later.