Raksasa

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Raksasa means "giant" and it is a subvariety of gagah. When raksasa characters stand up, their hands are extended into the bapang posture, which means "to stretch the arms out to the sides". See Brakel-Papenhuijzen, Clara. Classical Javanese Dance: The Surakarta Tradition and Its Terminology, Leiden: KITLV Press, 1995, p.72. The motions in this page correspond to the named raksasa characters, such as Kumbakarna and Rahwana in Sendratari Ramayana. Unnamed raksasa characters tend to move in improvised motions that don't completely fit the character type conventions.

Rahwana
Rawhana
Rawhana executing the bopang motion
Rahwana (left) standing and Marica (right) kneeling.