PRESENTATION: snakehandling

Snakehanding belongs to a wider religious phenomena which involves taking high risks in the framework of religion.

Exists mostly in the United States, particularly in the Appalachian mountains.

While extreme, snakehandling is part of a more bodily, ecstatic form of religion. This type of religiosity tends to be more associated with the less economically well-of classes. In the west, physical and emotional expressions are often seen as crude, and upper-class religiosity is generally more intellectual and focused on dogma.

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