Bamboo has sustained life in Bali since the beginning of time. When a baby is born, a sharpened piece of bamboo cuts the child’s umbilical cord. During rites of cremation, it is used to carry the deceased into the fire. Bamboo is used to cook, build, protect, and to create music. Bronze revolutionized music during the 16th century Golden Age of King Waturenggong, thus launching an era of performing arts that continues today.