Ziona Chana: Head of 'world's largest family' dies in India's Mizoram state

Chana is said to lead the largest family in the world
A 76-year-old man believed to be the head of the largest family in the world has died in the Indian state of Mizoram.
Ziona Chana, the head of a religious sect that practiced polygamy, died on Sunday, leaving 38 women, 89 children and 36 grandchildren.
The news was confirmed by Mizoram's Prime Minister Zoramthanga, who "with a heavy heart" expressed his condolences on Twitter.
Chana reportedly suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.
Doctors told the PTI news agency that Chana's condition had worsened at home in his village of Baktawng Tlangnuam. He was hospitalized on Sunday evening, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
It's hard to say if Chana was actually the head of the largest family in the world as there are others claiming the title.
It's also hard to guess the exact size of Chana's family. At least one report claims he had 39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, adding up to 181 people.
While various local news reports refer to it as a "world record" for such a large family, it is unclear what global record it is. The family has also been widely reported twice on the popular TV show Ripley's Believe it or Not.
But world record or not, Chana and his family are a kind of local sensation that attract tourists to their village in northeast India.
And Chana's fascinating life has made multiple headlines over the years.
The huge family lives together in a four-story house called "Chuuar Than Run" or New Generation House with 100 rooms. According to local media, his wives share a dormitory near Chana's private bedroom.
The mansion is a major tourist attraction in the state, with people from all over the world populating the village for a glimpse into the family lifestyle.
Chana was born in 1945, according to Reuters. He met his oldest wife, who is three years older than him, at the age of 17.
The family lives in a 100-room villa that is a tourist attraction
The family belongs to a Christian sect - Chana Pawl - which has around 2,000 followers. They all live around Chana's house in Baktawng Tlangnuam, about 55 km from Mizoram's capital, Aizawl.
The sect that allows polygamy for men was founded by Chana's grandfather in 1942.
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