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Ian Says: I Thought One Baby Was Hard – This Guy Has 39 Wives And 94 Kids!

Wed, March 16, 2011 10:25am EDT by 1 Comment

The arrival of my baby son made my life so complicated (and sleepless!). I can’t imagine what it must be like looking after nearly 100!

Meet Ziona Chana, the proud patriarch of the world’s largest family! He has 94 kids and 33 grandchildren. That’s insane!

And Ziona has had a little help accumulating this bumper brood, he claims he’s “blessed” with 39 wives!

Suddenly Sister Wives star Kody Brown looks like an amateur. And the Duggars‘ 19 kids look like a small soccer team.

“I feel like God’s special child. He’s given me so many people to look after,” Ziona says. “I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family.”

Add including grandchildren and in-laws and Ziona’s extended family numbers 181 – all of whom share a four-story, 100-room mansion in the Indian state of Mizoram.

If it sounds a little cramped, it is for the wives, who have to share communal dormitories — while Ziona relaxes in his own private room.

Ziona’s ladies have to wait their turn to spend the night with him – a complicated rotation organizes his love life, with preferential treatment given to the youngest of his spouses.

Ziona’s allowed to practice polygamy because he’s the head of a sect that encourages multiple marriages.

And you’d better lock up your daughters, wives and mothers — he’s on the lookout for more ladies, and he’s prepared to take his search to American shores.

Ziona says, ‘To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the U.S. to marry.”


— Ian Garland