In Jesus' Name: Taking Up Serpents

Topics: Holy Spirit, Jesus, Glossolalia Pages: 3 (1206 words) Published: November 14, 2012
"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." (Psalm 137:9)Read more at /list/top-20-bible-passages-to-use-against-fundamentalists/ivana-wynn?page=3#X63UZMIZkY7ETEaQ.99 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." (Psalm 137:9)Read more at /list/top-20-bible-passages-to-use-against-fundamentalists/ivana-wynn?page=3#X63UZMIZkY7ETEaQ.99 Megan Gowler

Cultural Anthropology
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“I've took cocaine, I've smoked marijuana, drunk whiskey, and been high on all that, but this high you get on Jesus, it's nothin', nothin' compared to that...”

The video was filmed in two churches in Alabama and Georgia in what looks like the 60's, but in reality was the late 80's or very early 90's, I believe the copyright date is 1991. In Jesus' Name: Taking Up Serpents heavily documents the practice of snake handling in this religious sect, but mentions the consumption of strychnine very minimally. The people seem happy, but not particularly affluent. They are presumably in the Appalachian region of the states, where coal mining, poverty and a hard life are all too common. The whole thing is presented without commentary or criticism allowing the viewer to experience the culture and apply their own opinions. Taking Up Serpents shows us how literal interpretations of biblical texts are executed with fervor in the name of God. The filmmakers do not appear biased or like they have any hidden agenda. It seems to be a straight-forward documentation of a church service. The filmmakers did not go out of their way to make these people seem simple or poor, which I am sure would have been easy to do with selective editing. Men are featured prominently in this video. They seem to be 'called upon by the holy ghost' to 'take up serpents' more readily than the women are. The women are not left untouched by the 'spirit' as was made obvious by the shaking, sobbing and...
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