At the center of the site was the exposure ground, where the body was left to decay. When a king or prince died, their body was brought here to be exposed to the elements until the flesh was gone. The bones were then returned to Khazari for burial, a tradition that had gone on for centuries. No one except priests of the Zanda were allowed in this area.
The site was littered with markers commemorating deceased rulers. Centuries of the tradition caused the area to become a "forest of steel", due to the number of markers jutting out from the landscape.
It was said that the greatest of leaders had their bodies consumed in a flash of blue fire, leaving only their untouched bones behind. This was treated as a sign of that person's greatness.
No more than ten priests of the Zanda lived in a small monastery at the edge of the site. They were responsible for the various purification rites, chanting ceremonies, and fetching the bones once they were ready.