Believe it or not, a man in Mizoram has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren — all living together under one roof in a picturesque village about 100 km from Baktawng in the north of the state.
The head of the family and leader of the “Chana” sect — which allows polygamy — is 66-year-old Ziona Chana who lives with his family in a 100-room, four-storyed house named ”Chhuan That Run” or the House of the New Generation.
Though all of Ziona”s family members live in different rooms in the building, they all share the kitchen where they cook for the entire family.
“Today I feel like God”s special child. He”s given me so many people to look after. I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world”s largest family,” says Ziona.
The sect believes in “Kum Sang Rorel” or the rule of 1,000 years by Jesus Christ on Earth as foretold in Bible”s Revelation Chapter 20 and that they would be soon ruling the world with Christ.
Previously known as Khuangtuaha Pawl, the sect was formed on June 12, 1942, after the followers of Khuangtuaha were evicted from Hmawngkawn village by the village chief for propagating “wrong and dangerous” theology.
The sect, till date, celebrates the “Bawkte Kut” or the festival of the hut on June 12 every year to commemorate the formal formation of the sect.