The act of hlomula goes back to the time of, Shaka who did not allowed any man to marry until he had washed his spear in the blood of his enemies
In the mist of battle, it was tradition for a warrior to continue stabbing his enemy as long as he stayed up. Other warriors also jabbed their spears into the bodies fallen, whether alive or dead. This was the act of hlomula, a custom derived from the hunting of dangerous game, such as lion.
Those warriors who had not participated in the kill sank their spears in the dead animals to benefit from their valour.