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Religion and Spirituality
Regional: North America: United States: Regions: Appalachia: Society and Culture: Religion
Society: Religion and Spirituality: Christianity: Denominations: Churches of God: Church of God - Cleveland, Tennessee
Society: Religion and Spirituality: Christianity: Denominations: Pentecostalism
If God Was a Rattlesnake, Would You Pick it Up?
- Review of the book 'Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia' and general discussion of the practice.
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Snake Handlers
- Article on the practice, with photo and bibliography.
Snake Handlers and the Law
- Information about laws applicable to religious snake handling in several Appalachian jurisdictions.
- Skeptics' analysis of the practice of snake handling, including the scriptural basis and an explanation of why participants are seldom bitten.
Snakebite Kills Preacher: Should Snake Handlers Be Subject to Prosecution?
- Snakebite kills local preacher and the press asks, Should snake handlers be subject to prosecution?
Sound Portraits: John Brown, Jr., Serpent Handler
- Radio documentary recording the words of a preacher who later died from a snake bite. Includes audio file and transcript.
Wikipedia: Church of God with Signs Following
- Article about the Pentecostal holiness churches which practice snake handling.
CBS News: Woman Dies After Snakebite In Church, Kentucky Woman Killed After Being Bitten During Serpent-Handling Service
- Linda Long, 48, died after being bitten by a snake during a serpent-handling service at church in London, Kentucky. Handling reptiles as part of religious services is illegal in the state. (November 07, 2006)
Snake Handlers Hang On in Appalachian Churches
- Article by Brian Handwerk for National Geographic. (April 07, 2003)
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