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The "Apple"

After this has been done, the priests rake all of the ashes into the very center of the altar. There, a large mound of ashes called the "apple" stood, called so because of its round, domed shape. This was a very large accumulation of ashes made by the various offerings which were burned on the altar. Whenever it grew too large, these ashes were removed and taken to a location outside the city where they were buried. Some say this was done every day. However, on the festivals, when an abundance of sacrifices were burned on the altar, this mound was not cleared away but was allowed to grow exceedingly large - because it was considered "becoming for the altar" that so many sacrifices were burned on it.

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