World Record Of Most Marriages

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Meet the world’s largest family. World record of most marriages for one person. Ziona Chana has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren living under the same roof.

Home is a 100-room, four-storey house set in the hills of the village of Baktawng in the Indian state of Mizoram. Even then, some of his wives sleep top-to-tail in communal dormitories. But Ziona doesn’t appear fazed by the size of his apparently happy family – and doesn’t claim any benefits for their upkeep.

Big brood: Ziona Chana has 94 children by 39 wives, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren
 

You treat this place like a hotel: With 100 rooms the Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng

 

You treat this place like a hotel: With 100 rooms, the Ziona mansion is the biggest concrete structure in the hilly village of Baktawng in Mizoram, India

 ‘I feel like God’s special child. He’s given me so many people to look after,’ he said.

‘I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family.’

The family is organised with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi, 69, drawing up schedules for her fellow partners to take turns performing household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals. One evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132 lbs of potatoes and boil up to 220 lbs of rice. The compound has its own school, a playground, carpentry workshops, piggery and poultry farms and a vegetable garden big enough to supply the whole family.

 

We're gonna need a bigger car: Ziona's family members wave from the back of a truck on their way to church
 

We’re gonna need a bigger car: Ziona’s family members wave from the back of a truck on their way to church

 

Feeling peckish? The senior ladies of the Chana family show what it takes just to make a meal

 

Feeling peckish? The senior ladies of the Chana family show what it takes just to make a meal

 

The wives and I: Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives at their home in Baktawang, Mizoram, India

 

The wives and me: Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives at their home in Baktawng Conveniently, Ziona 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 own double bed while his wives have to make do with sharing.

He keeps the youngest women near to his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping further away – and there is a rotation system for who visits Ziona’s bedroom.

Rinkmini, one of Ziona’s wives, who is 35, said: ‘We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village.’

 

All smiles: Engi, five, is the youngest of Ziona's children. She is surrounded by other young family members in the village

 

All smiles: Engi, five, is the youngest of Ziona’s children. She is surrounded by other young family members in the village

 

Not your usual dinner time: A wife of Ziona prepares breakfast at home

 

Not your usual dinner time: A wife of Ziona prepares breakfast at home

She said Ziona noticed her on a morning walk in the village 18 years ago and wrote her a letter asking for her hand in marriage.

Another of his wives, Huntharnghanki, said the entire family gets along well. The family system is reportedly based on ‘mutual love and respect’.

And Ziona, whose polygamous religious sect has 4,000 members, says he has not stopped looking for new wives.

‘To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the U.S. to marry,’ he said.

One of his sons insisted that Ziona, whose grandfather also had many wives, marries the poor women from the village so he can look after them.

THE WIVES 

 

 
FIRST: Zathiangi, 71
 
Zathiangi, 71, was the first woman Ziona married
 
 
NUMBER TWO: Hmaii, 57

while Hmaii, 57, became his second wife

 

NUMBER 3: Pari, 60
 
Pari, 60, is the 3rd wife
 
 
Tlungi, 65, Ziona's fourth wife

while Tlungi, 65, was the fourth

 

 

Sangi, 62, Ziona's 5th wife
 
Sangi, 62, is the 5th wife
 
 
Sangi, 58, Ziona's sixth wife

Sangi, 58, Ziona’s 6th wife 

 

 

Muani, 41, Ziona's 7th wife
 
Muani, 41, was the 7th wife
 
 
 
Changliani, 60, Ziona's 9th wife
Changliani, 60, was the 9th
 
 

Malsawmi, 48, Ziona's tenth wife

Malsawmi, 48, is Ziona’s tenth wife

 

 

Thangzeli, 40, Ziona's 14th wife

Thangzeli, 40, was the 14th

 

 

Chuani, 40, Ziona's 15th wife
 
Chuani, 40, is the 15th wife
 
 
 
Muanpuii, 38, Ziona's 16th wife

Muanpuii, 38, is number 16

 

Sawmi, 30, Ziona's 17th wife
 
Sawmi, 30, is wife number 17th
 
 
 
Matluangi, 37, Ziona's 19th wife
Matluangi, 37, is the 19th (right)
 
 
 

Zuali, 37, Ziona's 20th wife
 
Zuali, 37, is the 20th wife
 
 
 
Khumi, 65, Ziona's 21st wife
while Khumi, 65, is the 21st
 
 
 

Ngeni, 37, Ziona's 22nd wife
 
Ngeni, 37, is Ziona’s 22nd wife
 
 
 
Rawni, 57, Ziona's 23rd wife

Rawni, 57, is the 23rd 

 

 

Remi, 37,, Ziona's 26th wife
 
Remi, 37, is wife number 26th
 
 
 
Hritpuii, 32, Ziona's 27th wife

Hritpuii, 32, is the 27th

 

 

Rami, 27, Ziona's 33rdwife
 
Rami, 27, is the 33rdwife
 
 
 
Lalthai, 38, Ziona's 34th wife
Lalthai, 38, is the 34th wife
 
 
 

Lawmii, 34, Ziona's 35th wife
 
Lawmii, 34, is wife number 35th
 
 
Rizapi, 35, Ziona's 36th wife
Rizapi, 35, is the 36th wife
 
 
 

Kimii, 36, Ziona's 37th wife
 
Kimii, 36, is the 37th wife
 
 
 
Thari, 30, Ziona's 38th wife
Thari, 30, is the 38th wife
 
 
 

Siami, 30, Ziona's 39th wife
 
Siami, 30, is the 39th wife
 
 
 
And Now Ziona, at age of 67,

is one busy man!

 
 
Ziona, 67,
 
 
 

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