The Ziona family in its entirety with all 181 members

An Indian concept prevalent among Hindus is not commonly followed in Northeast India. In this Christian dominated part of the country, people are usually more educated and ‘westernized’. But Ziona Chana from Mizoram thinks ‘differently’.

Chana is the ‘proud’ head of a jumbo sized family of 39 wives, 94 children, 14-daughters-in-laws and 33 grandchildren.

Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives at their home in Baktawang, Mizoram, India

To accommodate his huge family he has constructed a 100-room, four storey building in Baktwang village. It almost looks like a hotel.

With 100 rooms the Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng

Shared bedroom: A look inside the four-storey mansion, Chhuanthar Run - The House of the New Generation

And how much does this jumbo family consume? One time meal – 60 KG potatoes, Over 100 KG rice and 30 chickens!

Chana thanks God for giving him a huge family to look after and considers himself ‘lucky.’

He sleeps in his own double-bedded room while his wives have to adjust in dormitories. The younger wives stay in rooms closer to his room.

And how often does a wife get to sleep with Chana? – A ‘rotation system’ is maintained, he says.

Surprisingly, all the wives get along very well and there is hardly any infighting among them.

Mr Chana is not finished yet. “To expand my family, I am willing to go even to the United States to marry” he proudly says.

Coincidentally, Mr Chana is also head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as he wants.

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3 Responses
  1. Nortehanon Says:

    He must be a very rich man to be able to maintain a huge family. And what a big house he has!

  2. Neha Says:

    The world may have come to know about the Mizoram man, and his hordes of wives and children now. This story (article) is known to all in northeast India. Most of the local dailies and national dailies based in Northeast India have written the story nth time. So, publish something unknown and little known stories to be part of the category of strangest stories of 2011. Thanks

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