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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:   Print book : 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  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph W Hood, Jr.; W Paul Williamson
ISBN: 9780520231474 0520231473 9780520255876 0520255879
OCLC Number: 213495172
Description: xvi, 301 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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