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

 
 
 
 
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Author: Dennis Covington
ISBN 13: 9780306818363
ISBN 10: 306818361
Edition: reissue
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $15.99
 
 

The fifteenth anniversary edition of National Book Award finalist Dennis Covington’s compelling journey into the world of holiness snake handling

Publishers Weekly

After Covington, a writing instructor at the University of Alabama, novelist (Lizard) and freelance journalist, covered the trial of a preacher convicted of attempting to murder his wife with rattlesnakes, he was invited to attend a snake-handling service in Scottsville, Ala. He found the service exhilarating and unsettling; he felt a kinship with the people, for he was only two generations removed from the hill country of Appalachia. Of Scottish-Irish descent, the handlers are religious mystics who believe in demons, drink strychnine and drape rattlesnakes around their bodies. Covington attended other services with Brother Carl Porter; he eventually handled a huge rattlesnake, and recalls that at the time, he felt absolutely no fear. This is a captivating glimpse of an exotic religious sect. (Jan.)