Mizoram Ziona is said to be the head of the world’s largest family. He has an incredible 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. That’s a total of 180 people in the family.
Introducing Mizoram Ziona
He lives in the Baktawng Tlanguam village of the Sercchip District in India. It is close to the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar. The whole family lives in the same place and essentially under the same roof, which must be quite trying at times.
This is Mizoram Ziona’s story and the story of his unconventional family and how they live and thrive together.
He Is the Head of a Religion
Ziona’s Marriages Are Not Planned
You might thank that a man with 38 wives would have some sort of plan as to when he gets married (and to whom he gets married), but Ziona is quite happy to disabuse people of that notion. He points out that he married 10 different women in a single year, and that rather than seeking out relationships with these women, they come to him.
He says that women are drawn to him from the poorer families in his village and they come in search of a better, richer life. Given the levels of poverty in that part of India, this is entirely possible.
The truth is that the family is well-liked and well-established within their region of the world and rather than having concerns about their behavior, the local government appears to be quite in favor of it. The local rural development minister R. Lalzirilana said, “They’re very good craftsmen and very enterprising. They’re also reputed to be honest.” Which is a fairly ringing endorsement from a government official in India.
Ziona says, “I consider myself to be a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and the head of the world’s largest family,” but even he would have to admit that managing all these people makes for some fairly unusual arrangements in the home.
If you have 180 people under your roof, you can’t do what most families do and make things up as you go along, you need strict routines to ensure that everyone’s needs are met and that this happens in a timely fashion. So the day-to-day logistics of family life are more like a military operation than a traditional family home.