For those who may remember the fairy tale that featured that old woman who “lived in a shoe and had so many children that she didn’t know what to do,” here comes a real-life sequel.

Meet the world’s largest family, who presides in Baktwang, India, and lives in a four-story house with 100 rooms.

The head of the family is Ziona Chana, a construction worker, and the 181 members of his family include: him, 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

Ziona’s youngest child is five years old and the 67-year-old family head insists that he is blessed.

“I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family,” he told the media.

There is a hierarchy of command reminiscent of military training at the family’s 100-room, four-story home.

First wife, Zathiangi, 71, organizes all the others when it comes to household chores. All of the wives in the family have to take turns sleeping in Ziona’s double bed, which has proven to be an extremely fertile sleeping place.

Ziona belongs to and is the leader of the Christian Chana sect, which includes some 4,000 followers and permits polygamy. His marriages seem to be almost noble, as many of his wives were formerly poor and orphaned village women.

Apart from the gargantuan task of doing the laundry, can you imagine mealtime at this household?




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.