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Them that believe : the power and meaning of the Christian serpent-handling tradition

Author: Ralph W Hood, Jr.; W Paul Williamson
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the religious practice of serpent handling in churches of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia. This book provides an analysis of this phenomenon from historical, social, religious, and psychological perspectives. It deals with the near-death experiences of individuals who were bitten but survived.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hood, Ralph W.
Them that believe.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008010509
(OCoLC)213495172
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph W Hood, Jr.; W Paul Williamson
ISBN: 9780520942714 052094271X 0520255879 0520231473 9780520231474 9780520255876
OCLC Number: 574352856
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 301 pages, [6] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: "They shall take up serpents" --
The history of Pentecostalism absent the serpent --
The media and the man : George Went Hensley --
Serpent handling endorsed by the Church of God --
The serpent : sign and symbol --
Trance states : tongues speaking and the anointing --
Extemporaneous sermons in the serpent-handling tradition --
The experience of handling serpents --
The experience of the anointing --
Near-death experience from serpent bites in religious settings --
Music among serpent-handling churches --
Serpent handling and the law : history and empirical studies.
Responsibility: Ralph W. Hood, Jr., W. Paul Williamson.

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