Devas on the northern library of the second level, Angkor Wat - Credit: Markalexander100
Commonly, known as devas, these deities are supposed to be divine manifestations of the Brahman and depict specific human qualities. The Rig Veda describes 33 devas as personifications of phenomena in nature; with time this number increased to 330 million in order to assign a deva to each and every attribute embodied by a human being. These deities are worshipped as personal gods, in Hinduism and many other Eastern religions.
"Great indeed are the devas who have sprung out of Brahman." — Atharva Veda.
Carl Sagan talks about the gods as dreams of men, and the many manifestations and incarnations of the gods. Acts of the gods refers to events outside of human control, like the weather, calamities, or miraculous acts.