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Members of the Church of God, a faith sect, recently revived rites at which they handle poisonous snakes. Although a Kentucky statute passes in 1940 forbids the handling of the snakes in connection with religious services, the meeting was held after the recent death of a native of the region who was bitten by a rattlesnake, This photo shows members surrounding a woman who has "got the spirit" in Evarts, KY., Aug. 22, 1944. Poisonous Snakes, Old Time Religion, Speaking In Tongues, Abandoned Churches, People Running, Southern Gothic, The Uncanny, Vintage School, Holy Ghost

Anorak News | With The Serpent Handlers Of America’s Pentecostal South: Photos of A Gruesome Death By God’s Sweet Love

PASTOR of the day is snake handler Jamie Coots from Middlesboro, Kentucky. Last Saturday night he was bitten by a snake and died. Pastor Coots, who preached at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro, held the belief that poisonous snakebites do not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God...

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People and Animals - Updated 2016

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Paul Prather: Snakes are dangerous and so is taking the Bible too literally

Jamie Coots, 42, was handling rattlesnakes during a Feb. 15 church service at Middlesboro's Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name. A snake bit his hand.

Serpent-handling pastor Mack Randall Wolford, died in Matoaka, West Virginia, after being bitten by a rattlesnake – nearly 30 years after his father died the same way. Wolford, Crazy People, Movie Stars, The Help, Leather Jacket, Ghosts, Snake, Fashion, Pastor

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Can you guess why Pastor Wolford left us so early in his life? Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine, hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a homecoming...

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A 2nd man (3rd if you count the first man's pastor father) died after being bitten by a snake he had been handling during a church service in Bell County on Sunday. John David Brock, 60, of Stoney Fork, was bitten on the left arm while handling the snake at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson, according to the state police. Brock refused medical treatment and went to his brother’s home, where he died. No word on how the snake is holding up.

Andrew Hamblin, holds up two rattlesnakes during church service. For more than a 100 years, small Pentecostal churches (Holy Rollers) in East Tennessee and other parts of Appalachia have handled poisonous snakes during their services. Christopher Marley, Southern Gothic, Afraid Of The Dark, East Tennessee, How To Increase Energy, Spirit Animal, My Images, American History, Beautiful Men

Young snake handlers grasp the power of faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) While older serpent handlers were wary of outsiders, these younger believers welcome visitors and use Facebook to promote their often misunderstood -- and illegal -- version of Christianity. They want to show the beauty and power of their extreme form of spirituality. By Bob Smietana.

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Snake-Handling Pastor Mark Wolford Dies from Rattlesnake Bite

West Virginia Pentecostal Pastor Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford, who handled snakes, was fatally bitten by a rattlesnake, which he owned for years, at the Panther

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Snake Handling

Snake (or serpent) handling in Alabama is practiced primarily by the members of the Church of God with Signs Following. The practice of snake handling first gained a foothold in Alabama in the early nineteenth century and reached its peak in the early twentieth century. The eccentricities and inherent danger of the church's practices have made it an attractive subject for social scientists.

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"Taking Up Serpents"

Snake handling or serpent handling is a religious ritual in a small number of Pentecostal churches in the U.S., usually characterized as rural and Holiness. The practice began in the early 20th century in Appalachia, spreading to mostly coal mining towns. Its practitioners call it "serpent handling" to be clear that it involves the handling only of venomous snakes. The practice plays only a small part of the church service of churches that practice snake handling. Practitioners believe…

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Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia|Paperback

A haunting exploration of faith, from a preacher convicted of attempted murder to a first-hand account of holiness serpent handling—'One of the