Serpent Handling Practice and History
May 19, 2008 9:36 AM Subscribe
The Ediwina Church of God in Jesus Christ Name.
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Pastor Jimmy Morrow's spelling is often non-standard and this isn't the world's best designed web page. But it's remarkable for what it is: an insider account of the history and practice of a serpent-handling sect by a current practitioner.
For anyone interested in the more unusual expressions of Christianity in rural Appalachia, this site is a treasure. It includes video
of Pastor Jimmy's preaching/serpent-handling, as well as his own recounting of the oral history
of his tradition--a history that he traces back to early 19th century England. Most other accounts of snake handling go back no farther than the life of George Hensley
, who began to popularize the practice around 1910. Jimmy's account of his sect has also been compiled into a book
. Pastor Morrow may be the only person left who remembers these stories and is making an effort to see that they are preserved.