Snake handling at Church of God with Signs Following in Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky on September 15, 1946. The practice of snake-handling first appeared in around 1910 in the U.S. and was associated with the ministry of George Went Hensley of Grasshopper Valley in southeastern Tennessee. Hensley was a minister of the Church of God, founded by Richard Spurling and A. J. Tomlinson. In the 1920s, the Church of God repudiated the practice of snake-handling, and Hensley and his followers formed a separate Trinitarian body called the Church of God with Signs Following. Although snake handling developed independently in several Pentecostal ministries, Hensley is generally credited with spreading the custom in the Southeastern U.S.
Snake handling at Church of God with Signs Following, 1946
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