Who was Ziona Chana?
Ziona or Ziona Chana was born on 21 July 1945 was the leader of Chana páwl, a Christian sect formed in June 1942, which survives in the mountains of Mizoram state of India, sharing borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar. He was known for holding a world record as the head of the “world’s largest existing family” with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, 33 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, 181 family members in total and counting.
The family is now living in Baktawng village Mizoram, India. Ziona Chana was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! top 11 strangest stories for the year 2011, and in 2013’s Ripley Believe It or Not, book 9.
Ziona Chana Death
Ziona Chana, a resident of Baktawng Tlangnuam village in Serchhip district of the small north-eastern state had 38 wives and 89 children and a large number of grandchildren. He passed away due to complications related to diabetes and high blood pressure
“With a heavy heart, Mizoram bid(s) farewell to Mr Ziona (76), believed to head the world’s largest family with 38 wives and 89 children,” Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga tweeted.
“Mizoram and his village Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family. Rest in peace Sir,” he added.
Reports from Mizoram stated that the septuagenarian passed away around 3:00 pm at a private hospital in state capital Aizawl due to complications related to diabetes and high blood pressure.
Ziona Chana Wikipedia, Biography
Ziona Chana hails from the village of Baktawng in central Serchhip district, which is 100 kilometres (62 mi) to the south of Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. He was born on 21 July 1945. He married at the age of 17 to Zathiangi, his first wife, who is older than him by three years. She controls the household activities of the family with strict discipline. Ten of his wives he married in the span of one year.
|Born||21 July 1945, Baktawng village, Mizoram, India|
|Died||13 June 2021 (aged 75)|
|Known for||Fathering the largest living family|
Ziona’s family is self-reliant, growing crops for their food requirements. He has also established a school for his children, and his younger brother looks after its functioning. Though teaching in the school is based on a curriculum prescribed by the government, he has added some subjects specific to his Chana sect. He does not seek any assistance from the government.
Ziona’s 68th birthday was celebrated on 21 July 2013 with 150 guests.
Ziona Chana House
Ziona built a four-storied mansion which appears like a boarding house, to accommodate his large family. The house is called the “Chhuan Thar Run” or the House of the New Generation and is located in the mountainous village of Baktawng.
There is also a ‘Khualbuk’ or a guesthouse to accommodate visitors coming to the village. Ziona has a double bedroom in the ground floor of this mansion and his wives take turns to sleep with him according to a roster. His younger wives stay close to his room on the same floor and there are always seven to eight wives attending to his needs during the day. All older wives live in the dormitories on the first floor of the mansion, while his younger wives live on the ground floor. His wives claim that there is no rivalry among them.
Of his 39 wives, 22 are below the age of 40 and they get a week to spend with him. He has 26 sons-in-law and his daughters live separately with their families. He says that he has named all his children and grandchildren and he remembers the names of every member of his family.
Ziona Chana Religious faith
Ziona Chana was chief of the group known as “Chana Pawl”, which was established by his father. The sect practices polygamy. Chana sect followers claim that its origin is traced to the Bible‘s Revelation Chapter 20 to “Kum Sang Rorel” or the rule of 1,000 years by Jesus Christ on Earth.
The sect was originally named Khuangtuaha Pawl, after the founder Khuangtuaha. He founded it on 12 June 1942, when its disciples were removed from Hmawngkawn village by the headman of the village for propagating a theology considered “wrong and dangerous”. The sect celebrates its founding day as “Bawkte Kut” or the festival of the hut on 12 June every year. Members of the Chana sect number about 2,000 who reside in the Baktawng Tlangnuam village.
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