Sunday, May 6, 2012

World's Largest Family

Did you know that the world's largest family resides in India?

Residing in a 100-room four story mansion outside of Baktawang in Mizoram, Ziona Chana is married to 39 women with whom he has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren.

Mr Chana told that he feels like God's special child. He's given him 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 organised with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi organising her fellow partners to perform household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals.

There is also a rota system when it comes to who shares Ziona’s double bed – the other 38 wives have to make do with the communal dormitories. Chana keeps the youngest women near to his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping further away

It takes 30 chickens, one "giant" pig, 55 lbs of rice and 88 lbs of potatoes for every meal cooked for the entire family. The family grows its own crops and keeps its own livestock.

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

One of his sons insisted that Mr Chana, whose grandfather also had many wives, marries the poor women from the village so he can look after them. 

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