Head of “World’s Largest Family” Dies Aged 76

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Head of “World’s Largest Family” Dies Aged 76


Ziona, who only had her first name, died Sunday at the age of 76.

He had 38 wives and 89 children, according to a tweet from Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram, the northeastern state of India where Ziona lived.

The Patriarch belonged to a Christian tribal sect that promotes polygamy as the will of God.

Her father, Chana, founded the sect in Baktwang village of Mizoram, where Ziona’s vast family lives on one property.

Polygamy is illegal in India under the country’s penal code. There is an exception in the code for Muslims, although it is not widely used.

It is not known whether Ziona, who married his first wife at the age of 17, was legally married to all of the women he described as his wives. Indian authorities often do not prosecute tribal communities for polygamy.

Lalrintluanga Jahau, a politician and director of the hospital where Ziona died, said he was taken to the hospital’s emergency department.

“Our emergency team (department) tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. He must be declared dead after 45 minutes of CPR, ”Jahau wrote on Twitter.

Zoramthanga said the family’s presence made Baktwang village a “major tourist attraction in the state”.

He added on Twitter: “Rest in peace sir! “

“I believe God chose us to be like this (to have great families),” Ziona told CNN in 2011.

“Those born into this family don’t want to leave this tradition, so we keep growing and growing. “

He added: “I never wanted to get married but this is the way God chose for me. It is not my wish to keep getting married over and over again. “

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