Taking up Serpents: Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky

Taking up Serpents: Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky

by David L. Kimbrough
     
 

In Taking Up Serpents: A History of Snake Handling David Kimbrough explains the history and practice of serpent-handling believers from the perspective of a respectful and scholarly participant-observer. While this is a story of Kimbrough's experiences with the Saylor family of eastern Kentucky, Kimbrough explains the origins of serpent handling as they emerged in the… See more details below

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In Taking Up Serpents: A History of Snake Handling David Kimbrough explains the history and practice of serpent-handling believers from the perspective of a respectful and scholarly participant-observer. While this is a story of Kimbrough's experiences with the Saylor family of eastern Kentucky, Kimbrough explains the origins of serpent handling as they emerged in the teachings of George Hensley of the Grasshopper community near Cleveland, Tennessee.

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Library Journal
Kimbrough presents his research, based primarily on oral interviews, on the history of the religious ritual of snake handling. He focuses on the Saylor family to illustrate the evolution of the snake-handling movement, which intensified as the economy and lifestyle of the Appalachian Mountain region moved from agricultural subsistence to industrial capitalism. When families moved from farms to coal fields, folk religions emerged to fulfill emotional needs not met by traditional churches. Kimbrough's work is much more scholarly and analytical than Dennis Covington's Salvation on Sand Mountain (LJ 12/94) and more narrowly focused than Thomas Burton's Snake Handling Believers (LJ 3/15/93). Recommended for academic collections.Eloise R. Hitchcock, Tennessee Technological Univ. Lib., Cookeville

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ISBN-13:
9780807845332
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press, The
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.71(d)

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