Mizoram man, who led world’s largest family with 39 wives and 94 children, dies at 76 – The New Indian Express


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Through Express news service

GUWAHATI: Ziona Chana from Mizoram, who led the world’s largest family with 39 wives and 94 children, died on Sunday.

He was 76 and breathed his last at Trinity Hospital in Aizawl, the state capital, shortly after being admitted there. He had health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

Ziona had been ill since June 7 and could not eat anything. He has been unconscious since June 11. Some doctors from Aizawl had visited him at his residence in remote Baktawng and found that he needed a certain amount of blood. He was subsequently transfused.

Since he was unconscious, doctors suggested that he be admitted to a hospital and placed in an intensive care unit. An ambulance sent from Aizawl brought him to Trinity Hospital at 2:50 p.m. Sunday but he died a few minutes later.

Ziona was the leader of a Christian sect, called Chana Ratchet, which allowed its male members to be polygamous. Some 400 families are said to be its members.

Ziona also had 14 daughters-in-law, 33 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. All family members live in a 100-room, four-story house set in the middle of the hills. Ziona was featured in the top 11 Weirdest Stories of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” in 2011.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga was among those in mourning.

“With a heavy heart, #Mizoram bade farewell to Mr. Zion-a (76), who is said to be the head of the largest family in the world. Mizoram and its village of Baktawng Tlangnuam have become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family. Rest in peace sir! Zoramthanga tweeted sharing a photo of the family.

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