Tomatoes, Pottery, Music, And...Well... Snakes.Sunday, March 28, 2010
Since the last couple of posts were about Scottsboro...
This is the Old Rock House Holiness Church in Macedonia, Alabama. One of my favorite authors is Dennis Covington, who wrote Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws, and the Demise of an American Dream about five years ago; back in the 90s he was getting assignments from the NYT and from that we got Salvation on Sand Mountain, about people who handle snakes in their churches as part of their religious expression. Dennis is from Alabama, so when he started researching the practice for the Times as part of his coverage of Reverend Glenn Summerford's trial, he kept going and worked it into this book, which turned out to be a National Book Finalist.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.