- Ziona Chana lived with his 167 family members (including grandchildren) in a four-story pink home.
- Members of his religious sect claim he is not dead despite doctors confirming that he is, in fact, dead.
- More weird news here.
How he ever lived that long is one of life’s great mysteries.
Ziona Chana, the man in question, lived with his 167 family members in a four-story pink home with about 100 rooms in Baktawng Tlangnuam, Mizoram, India called “Chuuar Than Run” or New Generation House.
Chana was the leader of a local religious sect named … Chana, founded by his father (or grandfather, depending on the report) back in 1942.
The 76-year-old claimed to have gotten married for the first time when he was 17 and she was 20, according to Sky News.
He also claimed to have gotten married to 10 different women in a single year.
They shared a dormitory near his private bedroom and locals said he liked to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.
The chief minister of Mizoram confirmed his death on Twitter, saying the village of Baktawng had become a “major tourist attraction” because of the family.
Chana reportedly suffered from diabetes and hypertension. No kidding.
Locals consider the Chanas to be the world’s largest family.
Interestingly, BBC reports Chana only had 38 wives, 89 children and 36 grandchildren, making the grand total just 163 family members.
Mizoram’s chief minister, Zoramthanga, offered his condolences tot he family on Twitter “with a heavy heart.”
With heavy heart, #Mizoram bid farewell to Mr. Zion-a (76), believed to head the world's largest family, with 38 wives and 89 children.
Mizoram and his village at Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family.
Rest in Peace Sir! pic.twitter.com/V1cHmRAOkr
— Zoramthanga (@ZoramthangaCM) June 13, 2021
A majority of his 39 wives and around 20 church elders of the Chana sect believe that he has not, in fact died, reports The Times of India.
This despite doctors at the Trinity Hospital confirmed his death around 3 p.m. on Sunday, declaring him dead on arrival and issuing him a death certificate.
“His pulse was felt through oximeter, his body is still warm, and there was no stiffening of muscles till Monday afternoon,” said Zaitinkhuma, the secretary of the church.
His funeral has been put on hold until a final determination can be made regarding his level of corporality.