We, women, complain about men being commitment phobic and unwilling to marry. Well, to all men, you can take a cue from 74-year-old Ziona Chana who has not one but 39 wives, 94 children, and 14 daughters-in-law and 34 grand-children, making him the head of the world’s largest family.
All the 39 wives live happily together, without ever complaining of any differences between them. They all share a strong bond and their love for Chana is never-ending. Irrespective of their age, they all are treated equally with respect and love by Chana.
Believe it or not, but this old man stays with all of them under one roof at Baktawng Tlangnuam village in Serchhip district of Mizoram, that shares borders with Burma and Bangladesh.
His father had 7 wives and had 29 children(15 daughters and 14 sons).
Born in 1944, Ziona, who turned 74 on July 21, last year still wishes to go to any extent to marry and expand his family. His birthday celebration is almost like an annual celebration in the village.
Where do they all stay?
The big family lives happily in a four storied building with 100 rooms. They lovingly call this huge mansion ‘Chhuanthar Run‘ meaning ‘House of the new generation‘. His wives share a dormitory near Ziona’s private bedroom. Locals have an interesting story to share about him as well. Some say that he prefers to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.
How much the family eats?
The gigantic family that consists of 167 members consumes about 100kg rice for both lunch and dinner, 60kg potatoes, and 40kg chicken. The family hardly consumes any non-veg as the volume is too high and also takes very long to cook. Ziona’s family eats the vegetables that they grow in their home garden. The plantations include spinach, cabbage, mustard, chilly and broccoli using natural and pig-based manure. All the wives take turns when it comes to cooking and share the same kitchen. While the daughters do the household chores like cleaning the house and washing, the sons are involved in outdoor jobs like farming and take care of livestock.
Apart from their own resources, that ensures their survival, Mr.Chana also receives occasional donations from his followers. “I have so many people to care (for) and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man,” he said in an interview.
Formed in 1942, Chana heads a local Christian religious sect, called the “Chana” that accepts polygamy. The sect has a membership of about 400 families and believes that it will soon be ruling the world with Christ.
Mr.Chana married Zathiangi, his first wife, at an age of 15 in 1959, got married again in 1968 and at the age of 60, he married his ‘last’ wife who was 25 then. While talking to the Telegraph, he said, “I once married 10 women in one year.”
We take a bow, Mr.Chana!