Aizawl, Nov 9 : Ziona, a man who celebrated his 67th birthday on July 21, heads a family having 160 members who stay together with him in a four-storied building in Baktawng Tlangnuam village in Mizoram. Ziona, who belongs to a breakaway sect of the Presbyterian Church has 39 wives who have an age range of 31 to 71 while the age of his children are between five to 50. His family owns jhums, orchards, furniture workshops and stone mines where he works with his sons and daughters daily to provide a living for the enormous family.
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"The family expanded during the past one year and now comprises 101 adults and 59 children below the age of 12 years of age," said C. Lalrinthanga, a retired bank officer and public relations officer of the religious sect known as 'Chana Pawl' to which Ziona belongs. The sect is named after Chana, the father of Ziona.
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He has 15 daughters-in-law living at the home known as Chhuanthar Run, while 29 of his daughters have married and live separately with their husbands. His first and oldest wife Zathiangi, who bore him seven children, is now 71 years old while the youngest wife Vanlalsiami, whom he married in 2000 is now 31 years and has a five-year-old daughter. He is known fondly to the members of the sect as 'Hotupa' or leader.