Personally I think families are like alcohol. You need to know when to say enough is enough. Sure, both can be great in moderation, but too much of either and things can just get out of hand very quickly, and become messy. So just spare a moment to think about the biggest family in the world, whose members total a mind staggering, or numbing 181. Now if you are thinking that’s not too big for an extended family, it’s not that extended either. It only includes children, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, wives and one very silly man who is a glutton for punishment.
Yes. One man has created all this mayhem. Ziona Chana is a man from the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram. He has married 39 women in total, who all share a combined dormitory in his massive house. Mr Chana though, gets a room to himself in which his wives get to take turns in sharing it with him. At his most virile, he actually married ten wives in one year. Talk about insane. One wife is usually enough for most men. Could you possibly imagine the constant nagging from several dozen of them. I sure hope is has difficulty hearing. I will say however, that he is probably one of the most sexed up men in the world who isn’t a porn star. But the numbers get far more massive than just his wives.
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With many wives comes many, many children. This man has 94 children from his harem of wives. That’s 94, as in a 9 followed by a 4. This is really starting to do my head in. The diapers, sleepless nights. Oh my goodness. Could you imagine the stench from a dozen dirty diapers? How about the constant cries all night long from babies. Ugh, if childcare wasn’t so expensive for literally nearly a hundred children, that’s exactly where I’d send them.
But you know what? His wives didn’t have all of the kids all at once. They prolonged the agony, sleepless nights and dirty diapers for years. Mr Chana now has adult children who themselves have wives and children, adding to the monstrosity of this clan. At current count, he has 33 grandchildren, ensuring the sleepless nights continue.
I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family.
So that gets the family numbers out of the way, now for some truly terrifying numbers. As anyone who has a family knows, you gotta feed them, and the bigger the family, the bigger the meals and bigger the cost. For one evening meal, just one, they have to pluck and cook 30 chickens, 60 kg (132 pounds) of potatoes, and 100 kg (220 pounds) of rice. So basically a snack for a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Now the food doesn’t stay in the body, and has to get processed eventually. So could you imagine the lines for the toilets in the 100 bedroom house?
Regardless of the noise, cost and endless lines for the bathrooms in the house, Ziona Chana is proud to have the biggest family in the world.
- The world’s biggest family: The man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren
- World’s Biggest Family: The Indian family with one man, 38 wives and 94 children!