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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The history, tradition, and purpose of religious snake handling is discussed in an objective, informative context. God, the devil, faith, prayer, and other worship-related themes are central to the show. Patriarchal roles of husbands and wives are discussed.
Positive Role Models
The pastors are faithful people who worship according to the teachings of the Bible and out of respect for family tradition; they do everything they can for their church and its congregation. One pastor illegally captures and handles snakes for his church; others take dangerous risks when hunting them. One pastor refuses to seek medical attention when he is bitten, and has paid a price for it.
Violence & Scariness
Worshippers handle deadly snakes and fire; people are sometimes shown getting bitten. Gruesome images of poisoned, inflamed, bloodied, and rotted body parts (both attached and non attached) are visible. Snakes are shown eating live mice. The death of former snake-handlers is discussed.
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Occasional iffy words like "crap" are audible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snake Salvation is a docuseries featuring people handling snakes and fire while practicing their religion. Although these activities are discussed in an informative context, kids should be reminded that they can lead to potentially fatal injuries. Expect some gruesome images of snake bites and bloody, rotted limbs (sometimes in jars), that resulted from getting bitten. There's some occasional iffy language ("crap"), and some dangerous snake hunting, too.
Is It Any Good?
Snake Salvation offers a voyeuristic look into the world of a specific subset of Pentecostalism that believes that handling snakes and fire brings them closer to God by allowing them to experience God's protection. They also underscore some of the challenges they face by practicing their religion, including being forced to break the law when they hunt for or handle snakes in areas that ban these practices.
It's interesting, but viewers may be disturbed by some of the practices highlighted here, including the general refusal to seek medical attention when people are bitten. Some may also find the patriarchal norms church members adhere to a little troubling, too. But the overall series offers a non-judgmental glimpse into a religious community that considers its faith, and its snakes, to be central to their way of life.
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