Ziona Chana, who hails from Mizoram, has the world’s largest existing family with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren.
He is the head of the family and says he is ‘blessed’ to have such a family. He has 26 sons-in-law and his daughters live separately with their families. He says that he has named all his children and grandchildren and he remembers the names of every member of his family.
The largest family
They all live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village. It’s called ‘Chhuan That Run’ or the House of the New Generation.
The wives sleep in giant communal dormitories and Chana sleeps in his own double bed. There is a rotation system for who visits Chana’s bedroom. Generally, the youngest wife sleep near to his bedroom. All wives claim to love him. Rinkmini, one of Mr Chana’s wives who is 35 years old, told Mail Today, “We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village.”
Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng in Mizoram, India
The family has a military discipline with Chana as the head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as he wants.
The family is self-reliant, growing crops for their food requirements and even have their own school for the children which teaches some subjects specific to his Chana sect. The men of the family attend to livestock rearing, agriculture, small cottage industries amongst others while women look after the household work.
The oldest wife wife Zathiangi assigns work to her fellow partners. One evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice.
The senior ladies of the Chana family
Interestingly, Chana wants to have more wives, even from the United States.
Chana says he has not stopped looking for new wives. “To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the U.S. to marry,” he said. One of his sons insisted that Chana, whose grandfather also had many wives, marries the poor women from the village so he can look after them. The whole family gets along very well and their system is based on mutual love and respect.