A man who had 39 wives and 94 children has died in northeast India on Sunday, according to officials. The chief minister of Mizoram, Zoramthanga, confirmed Chana’s death on Monday in a tweet. Ziona Chana, 76, was the head of a local Christian sect that allows polygamy, founded by his father in 1942. The exact number of his children is contested, with some Indian outlets claiming he has 89 children. Chana lived with his family in a vast, four-story pink structure with around 100 rooms called the “New Generation Home” in Baktawng, a remote village that became a tourist attraction. Chana himself claimed to have the “world’s largest family.” Chana Pawl has about 2,000 members, most of them living in Mizoram’s Baktawang village.
According to officials, Chana died due to complications related to diabetes and high blood pressure. His condition had been deteriorating over the past few days. Chana married his first wife in 1959 when he was 17 and claimed to marry 10 wives in a single year.His last wife, in 2004, was a 25-year-old. Lal Thanhawla, former chief minister of Mizoram and a senior political leader from the Indian National Congress party, told media: „The family is very disciplined and there are a lot of things to learn from them.” In a polygamy case in another country,Winston Blackmore, the head of a polygamous Mormon sect in Canada, has around 150 children from 27 wives – 178 people in total.