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Taking up serpents : snake handlers of eastern Kentucky

Author: David L Kimbrough
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Holiness serpent handlers, who originated around 1910, are one of the most controversial religious groups in America. Their practices have brought them into conflict with authorities many times, and the often sensationalized media accounts of their services fascinate and horrify us. But as David Kimbrough so ably documents, snake handlers are sincere worshipers who honestly believe that they are protected by  Read more...
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Kimbrough, David L., 1951-
Taking up serpents.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)608507723
Online version:
Kimbrough, David L., 1951-
Taking up serpents.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)624417739
Named Person: Saylor family.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David L Kimbrough
ISBN: 0807822272 9780807822272 0807845337 9780807845332
OCLC Number: 32051135
Description: xvi, 232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Snake handlers pass challenge of blowtorch --
The beginning --
The move to Kentucky --
The Saylors --
Industrialization --
Industry and snake handling --
Back to Tennessee --
Fights with the law --
Relying on prayer --
Outmigration and traditions.
Responsibility: David L. Kimbrough.

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This is an account of the Holiness Serpent Handlers of eastern Kentucky who originated around 1910 and are, as the author points out, sincere worshippers who honestly believe that they are protected  Read more...

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