In Jolo, David Payne, left, Lyndon Salyers and Pastor Harvey Payne, right, honor those who were prominent figures in the snake-handling tradition. At one point it had several thousand practitioners, says the Rev. Bill Leonard, a professor at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C. Several states have banned it, including Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. But not West Virginia.
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