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Africa News of Monday, 14 June 2021


Indian man with 39 wives, 89 kids, 36 grandkids dies aged 76

Zionnghaka Chana and part of his family Zionnghaka Chana and part of his family

An Indian man has died at the age of 76, news that would ordinarily be regarded as ordinary except for his wives and children.

Zionnghaka Chana, who lived in the remote northeastern state of Mizoram had 39 wives and at least 127 children and grandchildren, according to reports.

Chana, polygamist and sect leader till his death was a patriarch of what is believed to be one of the world's largest families.

He suffered from diabetes and hypertension and died in hospital on June 13, the Press Trust of India reported.

The Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted that the state had bid farewell to Chana with a "heavy heart."

"Mizoram and his village at Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family," Zoramthanga added.

The sect, founded by Chana's grandfather in the 1930s, has some 1,700 members including four generations of the Chana family, many of whom carve wooden furniture and make pottery items.

Its philosophy is based on Christian teachings, although leaders from the Presbyterian church, the main faith in the state, reject Chana's embrace of polygamy.