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The World’s Largest Family (Pics)

Friday, October 21, 2011

/ Published by Simon L Infimate

As the world's population nears seven billion meet the man who hasn't helped! He has 39 wives, 94 children and lives in a 100-room house

  • Family compound has its own school, playground, carpentry workshops, piggery and poultry farms and a veg garden

  • Dinner for 'The World's Biggest Family' is usually 30 chickens, 132lb of potatoes and 220lb of rice

Meet the world’s largest family.

If you’ve ever worried about having enough room for a growing brood, spare a thought for Ziona Chana.

He has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren living under the same roof.

Home is a 100-room, four-storey house set in the hills of the village of Baktawng in the Indian state of Mizoram. Even then, some of his wives sleep top-to-tail in communal dormitories.

But Ziona doesn’t appear fazed by the size of his apparently happy family - and doesn’t claim any benefits for their upkeep.


[caption id="attachment_5109" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Big brood: Ziona Chana has 94 children by 39 wives, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5114" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="You treat this place like a hotel: With 100 rooms, the Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng in Mizoram, India"]world’s largest family[/caption]

‘I feel like God’s special child. He’s given me so many people to look after,’ he said.
‘I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family.’
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.
One evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice.
The compound has its own school, a playground, carpentry workshops, piggery and poultry farms and a vegetable garden big enough to supply the whole family.

[caption id="attachment_5115" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="We're gonna need a bigger car: Ziona's family members wave from the back of a truck on their way to church"]world’s largest family[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5117" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Feeling peckish? The senior ladies of the Chana family show what it takes just to make a meal"]world’s largest family[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5119" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="The wives and me: Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives at their home in Baktawng"]world’s largest family[/caption]

Conveniently, Ziona is also head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as he wants.
He even married ten women in one year, when he was at his most prolific, and enjoys his own double bed while his wives have to make do with sharing.
He 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 Ziona's bedroom.
Rinkmini, one of Ziona's wives, who is 35, said: ‘We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village.’

[caption id="attachment_5120" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="All smiles: Engi, five, is the youngest of Ziona's children. She is surrounded by other young family members in the village"]All smiles: Engi, five, is the youngest of Ziona's children. She is surrounded by other young family members in the village  Read more:[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5121" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Not your usual dinner time: A wife of Ziona prepares breakfast at home Read more:"]World's largest famiy[/caption]

She said Ziona noticed her on a morning walk in the village 18 years ago and wrote her a letter asking for her hand in marriage.
Another of his wives, Huntharnghanki, said the entire family gets along well. The family system is reportedly based on ‘mutual love and respect’.
And Ziona, 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 U.S. to marry,’ he said.
One of his sons insisted that Ziona, whose grandfather also had many wives, marries the poor women from the village so he can look after them.


[caption id="attachment_5122" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Zathiangi, 71, was the first woman Ziona married (left) while Hmaii, 57, became his second wife (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5123" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Pari, 60, is the 3rd wife (left), while Tlungi, 65, was the fourth (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5124" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Sangi, 62, is the 5th wife (left), while Sangi, 58, (right) is Ziona's 6th wife"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5125" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Muani, 41, was the 7th wife (left) and Changliani, 60, was the 9th (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5126" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Malsawmi, 48, (left) is Ziona's tenth wife while Thangzeli, 40, was the 14th (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5127" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Chuani, 40, is the 15th wife (left) and Muanpuii, 38, is number 16 (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5128" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Sawmi, 30, is wife number 17th (left) and Matluangi, 37, is the 19th (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5129" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Zuali, 37, (left) is the 20th wife, while Khumi, 65, is the 21st (right)"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_5130" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Ngeni, 37, is Ziona's 22nd wife (left) and Rawni, 57, is the 23rd (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5131" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Remi, 37, is wife number 26th (left) and Hritpuii, 32, is the 27th (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5132" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Rami, 27, is the 33rdwife (left), Lalthai, 38, is the 34th wife (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5133" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Lawmii, 34, is wife number 35th (left) , and Rizapi, 35, is the 36th wife (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5134" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Kimii, 36, is the 37th wife (left), and Thari, 30, is the 38th wife (right)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_5135" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Siami, 30, is the 39th wife (left) and Ziona, 67, (right) is one busy man!"][/caption]
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