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Raden Burisrawa is the son of Prabu Salya of Mandraka. He inherits the raksasa aspect of his grandfather, Begawan Bagaspati, a raksasa priest. He is also referred to as the “Warrior of Madyapura.”

Burisrawa has a coarse character and loves to laugh. Because Burisrawa has the face of an ogre, he is ashamed to confront his father directly. He builds a screen of bamboo slats behind which he sits when in the presence of the king. When the king’s weekly audience is over, his younger brother, Raden Rukmarata reports to Burisrawa of the happenings of the day.

In the Baratayuda Burisrawa does battle with Raden Setyaki. Because of his great strength Burisrawa overpowers his opponent. But with Sri Kresna’s aid, Arjuna is able to slay the raksasa with a magic arrow.

Burisrawa has telengan putih eyes and a large bulbous nose. His lips are curled back to reveal his gums and his head is up-turned. He wears a small diadem with a garuda ornament in back; his hair is untied in the gimbal style. He wears the sekar kluwih ear ornament and the ulur-ulur necklace covers his hairly chest. He wears bracelets, anklets and armbands. He wears woven-silk cinde trousers and the kerajaan dress.

(Sumber: Sejarah Wayang Purwa. Hardjowirogo. Jakarta: Perpustakaan Perguruan Kementerian P.P. dan K., 1955)

Publisher: Lontar Foundation;

Created: 2014

Source Rights: Ki Purbo Asmoro

Manuscript Code: LF-Burisrawa.kl_P5071524.jpg

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