Unbelievable: World’s Largest Family With 181 Members Lives In Mizoram

***EXCLUSIVE*** MIZORAM, INDIA - JANUARY 30: A family photograph of the Ziona family on January 30, 2011 in Baktawang, Mizoram, India. With a total of 181 members, this Indian family residing at Baktawng Village in India's north-east state of Mizoram, is probably the largest in the world. 67-year-old Ziona, who heads the family, lives in a four-storeyed purple mansion with his 39 wives, 94 children and 14 daughter-in-laws and over 40 grandchildren. His mansion called 'Chhuanthar Run', which means 'The House of the New Generation', is the biggest concrete structure in this hilly village of Baktawng, about 80 km from Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram. There are more than 100 rooms inside the Ziona mansion. PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE / BARCROFT INDIA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 564 8159 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 114 653 2118 W www.barcroftindia.com Australasian & Pacific Rim Office, Melbourne. E info@barcroftpacific.com T +613 9510 3188 or +613 9510 0688 W www.barcroftpacific.com

Do you have any idea who in the whole world has the largest family? Let’s talk in detail about this incredible family. Ziona Chana is the head of the world’s largest family. It is a family of 181 members – him, 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandkids. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it is quite true. Also, it is the first time in the recent history of the world for a common man to have so many wives at the same time. With 94 children, he is also the title bearer of the father with the highest number of children in the world.Chana is a construction worker whose youngest kid is five years old. Even though his hands are pretty full, he insists he is blessed. Chana, the 74-year old man said, “I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and the head of the world’s largest family.” 

 The family of 181 members lives under one roof at Baktawng Tlangnuam village in the Serchhip district of Mizoram, which shares borders with Burma and Bangladesh. His first wife Zathiangi, 71, organises all the others when it comes to domestic chores. “I am the eldest and have been married to Ziona the longest. Everyone in the family respects me,” said Zathiangi. Interestingly, a rota system is functional which decides who shares Ziona’s double bed – the other 38 wives have to make do with the communal dormitories. According to Chana’s son Parliana, his dad belongs to a sect which allows men to have multiple wives.  He said Chana, his father, got married so many times so he could look after poor and orphaned village women. 

 Parliana said, “He’s not just head of this house but also the leader of 4,000 people of the Chana sect.” Ziona’s birthday celebration is almost like an annual celebration in the village. 

 In order to keep track of the details of so many children, one of the elder sons maintains a record of their names and respective date-of-birth in a computer.