An Indian man living in Mizoram sets record of 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, one of the world’s biggest family living happily under one roof. His name is Zion Chana, The family lives in four stories building in a mountainous village near the borders of Burma and Bangladesh.Ziona has built a four-storied mansion, a concrete structure, which appears like a boarding house, to accommodate his large family. The house is called the “Chhuan Thar Run” or the House of the New Generation. Ziona hails from the village of Baktawng in central Serchhip District, which is 100 kilometres to the south of Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram. He was born on 20 July 1945. He was married at the age of 17 to Zathiangi, his first wife, who was older than him by three years. She now controls the household activities of the family with strict discipline and is proud that everyone in the family respects her role. Ten of his wives he married in the span of one year.The wives sleep in giant communal dormitories and Chana sleeps in his own double bed. There is a rotation system for who visits Chana’s bedroom. Generally, the youngest wife sleeps near to his bedroom. All wives claim to love him. He has also established a school for his children, and his younger brother looks after its functioning. Though teaching in the school is based on a curriculum prescribed by the government, he has added some subjects specific to his Chana sect. He does not seek any assistance from the government.The family is self-reliant, growing crops for their food requirements and even have their own school for the children which teaches some subjects specific to his Chana sect. The men of the family attend to livestock rearing, agriculture, small cottage industries amongst others while women look after the household work. Daily family life in his house begins at 5.50 AM when all family members assemble for prayers and thereafter daily duties are assigned. Prayers and meals are held in a large hall in the mansion. Dinner is served from 4 to 6 PM in the order of age, and the day comes to a close with everyone retiring for the night by 9PM when the lights are switched off. An enormous amount of food is prepared to feed the family: 220 pounds (100 kg) of rice, 132 pounds (60 kg) of potatoes and 39 chickens.
The whole family gets along very well and their system is based on mutual love and respect. The village has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family.
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