Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
O. N. Simpkins
For over half a century the snake-handling cult has been active in the United States, especially in the Appalachian area. There has been little scientific information published about this cult. The two major works were mainly confined to a single church in Durham, North Carolina, and a single church in Scrabble Creek, West Virginia. This investigator studied four churches in West Virginia, and one in Durham, North Carolina, for two and a half years to gain a deeper understanding of these people and their religious behavior.
Snake cults (Holiness churches) -- West Virginia.
Ambrose, Kenneth Paul, "A survey of the snake-handling cult of West Virginia" (1970). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1232.
Appalachian Studies Commons, Regional Sociology Commons, Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons, Sociology of Religion Commons