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Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition (Paperback)
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Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition (Paperback)

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Paperback 322 Pages / Published: 05/09/2008
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Although outlawed in many states, serpent handling remains an active religious practice - and one that is far more stereotyped than understood. Ralph W. Hood, Jr. and W. Paul Williamson have spent fifteen years touring serpent-handling churches in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia, conducting scores of interviews with serpent handlers, and witnessing hundreds of serpent-handling services. In this illuminating book, they present the most in-depth, comprehensive study of serpent handling to date. "Them That Believe" not only explores facets of this religious practice - including handling, preaching, and the near-death experiences of individuals who were bitten but survived - but also provides a rich analysis of this phenomenon from historical, social, religious, and psychological perspectives.

Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 9780520255876
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm

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