The world’s biggest family
Family members of Ziona Chana pose for a group photograph in Baktawng village, India, on Oct. 7, 2011.
Ziona is the head of a religious sect called “Chana,” which allows polygamy and was founded by his father, Chana, in 1942. Ziona has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren.
About Ziona Chana
The more, the merrier is certainly true for Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old man in India’s remote northeast with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren — and he wouldn’t mind having more. Ziona Chana who is considered as family head lives with his family members in a 100-room mansion
It takes 30 whole chickens just to prepare dinner for his entire family
He is head of the world’s biggest family – and says he is ‘blessed’ to have his 39 wives, 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren
The Ziona family in its entirety with all 181 members. The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen.
The wives take turns cooking, while his daughters clean the house and do washing. The men do outdoor jobs like farming and taking care of livestock.
They are living in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram
Mr Chana told the Sun: ‘Today I feel like God’s special child. He’s given me so many people to look after.
‘I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family.’
The family is organized with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi organising her fellow partners to perform household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals.
One evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice.
He heads a local Christian religious sect, called the “Chana,” which allows polygamy. Formed in June 1942, the sect believes it will soon be ruling the world with Christ and has a membership of around 400 families.
Hindu, India’s dominant religion, does not allow polygamy, but the nation’s laws allow Muslim men to have more than one wife.
India, the world’s second-most populous country behind China, has a birth rate of 2.6 babies for each woman. That pace is expected to keep India’s population rising. Analysts say India will reach 1.53 billion populations by 2030, when it will surpass China as No. 1 in population.
The United Nations Population Fund, which predicts the world population will reach 7 billion by Oct. 31, says that the world will be on its way to 9 billion 20 years later.