For many, the image of the gong is associated with Asian culture; in India, China, Indonesia and Japan, the gong is an integral part of folk festivals and traditions. However, the origins of the gong very probably lie in Europe – in ancient Greece, to be precise. It appears in a well-known Greek myth which tells that Chronos, the god of time, ate all his children. In order to spare the life of the new-born god Zeus, Chronos’ wife ordered two men to drum on bronze shields loudly enough to cover the sound of the baby’s cries. Now in honour of these bronze shields, every flash of lightning Zeus creates is followed by the sound of a gong. At least, that was how the ancient Greeks explained thunder.