Indian man with 39 wives 94 children dies

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Ziona Chana, the head of a local Christian sect in India who married 39 wives have died.

The 76-year-old man who owned a church that allows polygamy had 94 children.

He was said to be the head of the world’s largest family and he died on Sunday.

Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram and who goes by one name, said in a tweet that Ziona Chana died in northeast India.

With a total of 167 members, the family is the world’s largest, according to local media, although this depends on whether you count the grandchildren, of whom Ziona has 33.

Ziona lived with his family in a vast, four-story pink structure with around 100 rooms in Baktawng, a remote village in Mizoram that became a tourist attraction as a result, according to Zoramthanga.

The sect, named “Chana”, was founded by Ziona’s father in 1942 and has a membership of hundreds of families. Ziona married his first wife when he was 17, and claimed he once married ten wives in a single year.

They shared a dormitory near his private bedroom, and locals said he liked to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.

Despite his family’s huge size, Ziona told Reuters in a 2011 interview he wanted to grow it even further.

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