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RIP Mack Wolford

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 17:50:44 EDT
Rating: 1.16 on 6 ratings (17 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

It is not my place to judge or mock the beliefs of others. I leave that to judges and mockers...

Fact is, I thought Mack Wolford to be edgy-wild-weird, and he was on my list of people that I intended to speak with during my next roadtripping. My intention was to do some filming. Too little too late. Religion and what it does to the heart of a man or woman has always made me feel curious.


He died for what he believed in, and for that he gets street cred.


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By Julia Duin, Special to The Washington Post
Posted May 30, 2012, at 5:37 a.m.

Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford was known all over Appalachia as a daring man of conviction. He believed that the Bible mandates that Christians handle serpents to test their faith in God — and that, if they are bitten, they trust in God alone to heal them.

He and other adherents cited Mark 16:17-18 as the reason for their practice: “And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

The son of a serpent handler who had himself died in 1983 after being bitten, Wolford was trying to keep the practice alive, both in West Virginia, where it is legal, and in neighboring states where it is not. He was the kind of man reporters love: articulate, friendly and appreciative of media attention. Many serpent-handling Pentecostals retreat from journalists, but Mack didn’t. He’d take them on snake-hunting expeditions.

Last Sunday started as a festive outdoor worship service on a sunny afternoon at Panther Wildlife Management Area, a state park roughly 80 miles west of Bluefield, W.Va. In the preceding days, Wolford had posted several teasers on his Facebook page asking people to attend.

“Praise the Lord and pass the rattlesnakes, brother” he wrote on May 23.

The festivities came to a halt shortly thereafter and Wolford was taken back to a relative’s house in Bluefield to recover, as he always had when suffering from previous snake bites. By late afternoon, it was clear that this time was different, and desperate messages began flying about on Facebook asking for prayer.

Wolford was 15 when he saw his dad die at age 39 of a rattlesnake bite in almost exactly the same circumstances.

"I hated to see him go, but he died for what he believed in.”

In a Post interview for last year’s story, Jim Murphy, curator of the Reptile Discovery Center at the National Zoo, described what happens when a rattlesnake bites.

The pain is “excruciating” when there is a bite, he said. “The venom attacks the nervous system. It’s vicious and gruesome when it hits.”

But Mack Wolford refused to fear the creatures. He slung poisonous snakes around his neck, danced with them, even laid down on or near them. He displayed spots on his right hand where copperheads had sunk their fangs. His home in Bluefield had a spare bedroom filled with at least eight venomous snakes: usually rattlers, water moccasins and copperheads that he fed rats and mice. He was passionate about wanting to help churches in nearby states — including North Carolina and Tennessee, where the practice is illegal — start up their own serpent-handling services.

“I promised the Lord I’d do everything in my power to keep the faith going,” he said in October. “I spend a lot of time going a lot of places that handle serpents to keep them motivated. I’m trying to get anybody I can get involved.”

His funeral will be held Saturday at his church, House of the Lord Jesus, in Matoaka, a town just north of Bluefield.

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*Lights candle and White Sage*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUdc5h10zTo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J79ThhMuxWg&feature=related


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Submitted by Bubba2341 at 2012-05-31 18:46:37 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-31 17:16:11 EDT (#)

Submitted by ffs at 2012-05-31 10:32:41 PDT (#)

Yeah . . . I judge. What a fucking idiot.
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U prolly right. i spend too much time wondering wtf

Submitted by Yes at 2012-05-31 13:32:41 EDT (#)

Yeah . . . I judge. What a fucking idiot.

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-31 12:52:56 EDT (#)

k-there is not much profit to be made being a preacher at these small back-water churches.

seems that the people attending and the preacher himself all believe in the doctrine-ole Mack here saw his own father die from snake bite

easier ways to make a living than being a snake handler-acid drinker putting life on line time after time

when i don't understand a thing, i am compelled to peer closer at it

*PEERPEERPEER*

ps
the bible is strange reading material

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-31 11:46:42 EDT (#)

mmm-"charlatan" possibly-i think he was raised crazyweirdwild and followed in the foot steps of his father-

some hear their own inner voices with great clearness and live by what they hear-sssssssss

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-31 11:40:28 EDT (#)

Submitted by Doodles at 2012-05-30 23:19:24 PDT (#)
Rating: -2

Not how it is done.
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mmm-have to have a little wiggle room-restrained myself, Eve was trying to slitherin too

ps
i hate snakes-all snakes-all the time

Submitted by Doodles at 2012-05-31 02:19:24 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

Not how it is done.

Submitted by Quartermain at 2012-05-31 01:34:05 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

I made a bet with myself that there would be a 'Snakes On A Plane' reference within the first five reviews. I'm pleasantly surprised to see that I was wrong.

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 20:29:44 CDT Snake dance from "Dusk Till Dawn" Cool flick too..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eROM910LJE

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That is one of the best parts of the movie and ironically, sets up one of the worst parts, where Salma Hayek stick her foot in Tarantino's mouth. See, they're in this nasty Mexican dive/titty/biker bar, right? So God alone knows what's on that floor. And she's been walking around barefoot the entire time. Yeah, I don't care if it is attached to Salma Hayek or what kind of liquor she's pouring on it, that foot is not coming anywhere near my face, if I have anything to say about it.

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 21:29:44 EDT (#)

Snake dance from "Dusk Till Dawn" Cool flick too..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eROM910LJE

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 21:19:09 EDT (#)

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2012-05-30 18:10:18 PDT (#)

You have to expect to get bitten if you have sects with a snake.
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What does Rattle snake venom do to a person? It is said to be a painful way to die..

*sects with snakes* SLAMBAM film title!


Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 21:16:26 EDT (#)

Submitted by brotherbabycakes at 2012-05-30 18:09:47 PDT (#)
Rating: 2

"Hopi Snake Dance"

The Snake Dance requires two weeks of ritual preparation, and the snakes are gathered. They are kept watch over by children until time for the dance. By percentage of the local snake population most are rattlesnakes, but all are handled freely.

The dancers then take an emetic and dance with the snakes in their mouths, with an Antelope Priest in attendance. He strokes the snakes with a feather and sometimes helps support the weight of the larger snakes. After the dance the snakes are released to carry prayers. According to people who have investigated, the emetics are not an anti-venom.

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I have heard of the snake rituals of the Hopi and sure would attend if I were in their neighborhood and had permission ..

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2012-05-30 21:10:18 EDT (#)

You have to expect to get bitten if you have sects with a snake.

Submitted by (Brotherbabycakes) at 2012-05-30 21:09:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

"Hopi Snake Dance"

The Snake Dance requires two weeks of ritual preparation, and the snakes are gathered. They are kept watch over by children until time for the dance. By percentage of the local snake population most are rattlesnakes, but all are handled freely.

The dancers then take an emetic and dance with the snakes in their mouths, with an Antelope Priest in attendance. He strokes the snakes with a feather and sometimes helps support the weight of the larger snakes. After the dance the snakes are released to carry prayers. According to people who have investigated, the emetics are not an anti-venom.

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 20:49:27 EDT (#)

Submitted by Director at 2012-05-30 17:43:48 PDT (#)
Rating: 2

So...if they die that means Jebus doesn't love them?
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Good question, impossible to answer. He had survived many bites before. They don't go to the doctor when bitten either.

Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-05-30 20:45:53 EDT (#)


Submitted by Director at 2012-05-30 20:43:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

So...if they die that means Jebus doesn't love them?

Submitted by SilvrWolf at 2012-05-30 20:40:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

"Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, 'Why have you done this to me?' And the snake answered, 'Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake.'"


As I got up in front of them, I felt an intoxication that had nothing to
do with alcohol. It was the intoxication of being a public spectacle.

-- Homer Simpson
Dancin' Homer