This is a page about religious snake handlers.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Hamlet, Act I, Scene v
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Most people associate snake handling with Christian sects from the American South. Taking up serpents, as he believes Jesus commanded him to do, the American
snake handler makes a moving
presentation of the strength of his faith.
American snake handler

Religious Snake Handling

The practice of snake handling is based in the Gospel according to St. Mark, Chapter 16, verses 17 and 18. In this passage, Jesus says, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

Lots of snakes
This guy is handling a mess of snakes.

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Various sects have concentrated on various parts of Mark 16:17,18--many Christian churches approve of, and encourage, speaking in tongues, and you can see preachers on your TV set purporting to cast out devils and heal the sick every day (especially if you have cable). Snake handlers, though, show their faith in much more concrete terms. They put their trust in God and show the depth of their faith by their ability to take up serpents.

This web page will attempt to educate and inform the public about snake handling and snake handlers. Please return often to see new and informative features about snake handling.

Snake Handlers and the Law
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Snake handling is an important part of other cultures as well. Click here to learn about snake handlers from other parts of the world.

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Do you think these religious snake handlers are weird? They're nothing compared to the secular snake handlers. Click on the picture of the rattler to read about some strange and disgusting stuff. rattlesnake
the snake guy
Anybody could be a snake handler,
including successful professionals like this man.

Look around; some of your friends or family members might be snake handlers--try to be understanding.

"Let me tell you, the bite of the serpent is nothing compared to the bite of your fellow man."
Charles McGlocklin, Snake Handler
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