Husband of 39 women and father of 94 children dies aged 76

A family photograph, with a total of 181 members. Ziona Chana is at the front. CREDIT: Barcroft Media

In northeastern India, a man considered to be the head of the world's largest family died.

Ziona Chana had 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandkids, all of whom lived in a four-story pink house in Baktawng, Mizoram, with roughly 100 rooms.

The 76-year-old was the spiritual leader of Chana, a local Christian sect started by his father in 1942 and now home to hundreds of families.

Ziona claimed he once married ten women in a year after marrying his first wife when he was 17 years old.

Locals stated he preferred to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times because they shared a dormitory near his private bedroom.

On Twitter, Mizoram's chief minister announced his death, stating that the family had turned Baktawng into a "big tourist destination."

According to local media, the Chana family is the world's largest, with 167 people, depending on whether Mr. Chana's grandchildren are included.

"I am ready to extend my family and willing to go to any length to marry," Ziona said in a 2011 interview with Reuters.

"I consider myself a blessed man because I have so many people to care for and look after."

Publish : 2021-06-14 21:48:00

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