Originally posted by mistermonculous
These videos of hillbilly snakehandlers are so creepy & depressing.
My first thought?
I want to attend one of those services.
Life is just profoundly awful in West Virginia. It's a series of trash-bag strewn roads (what dumping laws? what trash disposal service? not here,
bub.), grey little Piggly-Wigglies (a grocery store chain), sad little shacks stacked with sad little kids right up to mossy rafters. All laid out in
rusting ribbons between claustrophobic mountain passes.
And out of that profound misery is born rockabilly services and the need to try one's faith by direct confrontation with mortality.
Also, did anyone else notice whirling dervish guy in the black cowboy shirt (among other whirlers) in the second clip?
How shallow of me to see only the negatives of this. I've never been to West Virginia.
Of course, you're right: "And out of that profound misery is born rockabilly services and the need to try one's faith by direct confrontation with
The whirling reminded me of Rite 1 in "Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth."
"It is done with the express purpose of speeding up the vortexes." (Vortexes = chakras)
"When I was in India, it amazed me to see the Maulawiyah, or as they are more commonly known, the whirling dervishes, almost unceasingly spin around
and around in a religious frenzy. After being introduced to Rite One, I recalled two things in connection with this practice."
"First, the whirling dervishes always spun in one direction, from left to right, or clockwise.
Second, the older dervishes were virile, strong, and robust. Far more so than most men their age."
"When I spoke to one of the Lamas about this, he informed me that this whirling movement of the dervishes did have some beneficial effect, but also a
devastating one. He explained that their excessive spinning over-simulates some of the vortexes, so that they are finally exhausted. This has the
effect of first accelerating the flow of vital life energy, and then blocking it."
"This building up and tearing down action causes the dervishes to experience a kind of 'psychic rush' which they MISTAKE for something spiritual or
"While the dervishes may spin around hundreds of times , the Lamas do it only about a dozen times or so, just enough to stimulate the vortexes into