Egyptian priests were 'servants of the god' and not spiritual leaders of the people. Ordinary people were not allowed to enter the temples. It was believed that during the day the god was present in the temple embodied in his statue. The priests' duties were to maintain this statue in good order. Their tasks included washing, dressing and feeding the statue and performing daily rituals around it. Priests performed their duties in temples all over the country. They were the king's deputies and thus it is the king, not the priests, who is represented on temple walls performing the ritual ceremonies in front of the gods.