London: A man from the Baktawng village in the Indian state of Mizoram is said to have ‘The World’s Biggest Family’ with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughter-in-laws and 33 grandchildren.
Ziona Chana, who is also head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as they want, doesn’t at all appear to be fazed by the size of his apparently happy family and doesn’t claim any benefits for their upkeep.
Although Chana’s home is a 100-room, four-storey house set in the hills of the village, some of his wives sleep top-to-tail in communal dormitories, and the family compound has its own school, playground, carpentry workshops, piggery, poultry farms and a vegetable garden big enough to supply the whole family.
The dinner for ‘The World’s Biggest Family’ is usually 30 chickens, 132lb of potatoes and 220lb of rice.
“I feel like God’s special child. He’s given me so many people to look after,” the Daily Mail quoted Chana as saying.
“I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family,” he said.
The family is organised with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi, 69, drawing up schedules for her fellow partners to take turns performing household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals.
Chana keeps the youngest women near to his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping further away, and there is a rotation system for who visits his bedroom.
Chana, whose polygamous religious sect has 4,000 members, says he has not stopped looking for new wives.
“To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the US to marry,” he added.