Ziona Chana: Man with 39 Wives

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An Indian man Ziona Chana is well-known all over the world for his big extended family with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live together in a 100-room, four-storey mansion located amidst the hills of Baktwang village, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.


Mr. Chana is the head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as they wants. Therefore, he considered himself a lucky husband and a God’s special child. His oldest wife Zathiangi takes in charge of arranging and assigning her fellow partners to do household works like cleaning, washing and cooking.



The whole Chana family with 181 members at their home in Baktawang, Mizoram, India


Mr Ziona Chana poses with his 39 wives


Chana’s children and grandchildren

In order to cook one evening meal, the wives in Chana family must pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice. Though living in a house with about 181 members is not easy, another wife said that the entire family got along well through strict discipline.


The Chana mansion looks like a hostel with 100 rooms


The Chana family’s senior ladies

Chana’s wives all think he is not only the most important person in their house but also the best-looking man in the village. The man even married ten women in one year and keeps the youngest women near his bedroom while the older members are sleeping further away. Chana now expects to expand his sect and has not stopped marrying more women.


A look inside the four-storey mansion


Two women in Chana family pose behind a forest of washed clothes



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This article was published on 2011/02/23
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