BOOKS AND ARTICLES
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Religion in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington; Penguin Books 1995. |
Written by a reporter for the New York Times about his own experience with the Church of Jesus with Signs Following located in
Scottsboro, Alabama. This book was a major inspiration for the drawings of Gary Monroe. This book is available at
Serpent Handling Believers; Thomas Burton; Knoxville: University Tennessee Press, 1993.
This book is an excellent source on Snake handling. Burton gives a detailed description and study of the
practice as well as a thorough discussion of the controversies surrounding snake handling. This book is available at
Hood, Ralph W. Jr. 1998; "When the Spirit Maims and Kills: Social Psychological Considerations
of the History of Serpent Handling Sects and the Narrative of Handlers," International Journal for the
Psychology of Religion. 8(2), 71-96. |
The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion published two commentaries on this article
in the same issue, namely "Routinization and Reality: Reflections on Serpents and the Spirit," International Journal for
the Psychology of Religion; 8(2), 101-105; Margaret M. Poloma; and "Response to a Research Challenge," International Journal for the Psychology of Religion; Paul W. Williamson.8(2), 97-100.