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Near-Death Experience from Serpent Bites in Religious Settings

Ralph W. Hood Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

in Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231474
eISBN:
9780520942714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231474.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter describes the experience of receiving a near fatal bite from a serpent and the anticipation of death. It places near-death experiences by serpent bite (NDBs) in religious settings in the ... More


Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition

Ralph Hood, Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231474
eISBN:
9780520942714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231474.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Although outlawed in many states, serpent handling remains an active religious practice—and one that is far more stereotyped than understood. The authors of this volume have spent fifteen years ... More


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