The Biggest Family

The Biggest Family


The world's biggest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children.


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Ziona Chana is head of the world's biggest family and says he is blessed to have his 39 wives. He also has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four-story house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.

The family is organized with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi organizing 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. Coincidentally, Mr. Chana 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 double bed while his wives have to make do with communal dormitories. He keeps the youngest woman near to his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping further away and there is a rotation system for who visits Mr. Chana's bedroom.


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