Man can manage 39 wives, 94 children


Aizwal: Such a big family you can’t imagine. Ziona Chana has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren and 14 daughters-in-law. They all live with him in his 100-room, four-storey house perched among the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram. off course this family has an importance as vote bank. It was noticed last year at the time of general election 2014. Even last year Ziona Chana confessed, thay were witnessing a rush of politicians seeking votes in the last election.

Ziona was 17 years old when he first got married to Zathiangi, who was then 19 years old. He last married in 2000, to 19-year-old Siami.

His wives share a dormitory near Ziona’s private bedroom and locals said he likes to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times. The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen.The wives take turns cooking, while his daughters clean the house and do washing. The men do outdoor jobs like farming and taking care of livestock. The family, consumes around 200lb of rice and more than 130lb of potatoes a day. They are supported by their own resources and occasional donations from follower. The family earns its living by running its own piggery and poultry farms, paddy fields and a carpentry workshop.

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