Due to the large number of members, every daily meal of this family is filled with tables, chairs, utensils, utensils… as if a party is taking place in a restaurant.
Because the number of members is up to 199 people and growing, this family cooks about 80 kg of rice for each meal.
Around 200 members of the world’s largest family eat 80 kg of rice at every meal. Photo: Straits Times
Even one big pig is not enough to feed the world’s largest family in India. Photo: Straits Times
The world’s largest family was created by Mr. Pu Xiona in Baktawang village.
According to polygamy, Mr. Ziona married 39 wives, and he fathered 89 children. His children also gave birth to 36 grandchildren and he gave them dozens of great-grandchildren.
New members are continuously being added to the world’s largest family. Photo: Straits Times
Not only is he the head of the world’s largest family, but Mr. Ziona Chuan also heads a long-standing Christian sect called Thar Kohran (Church of the New Generation). The sect continues to support polygamy, a practice inherited from Mr. Ziona’s father.
Mr Ziona, who suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes, died in June 2021 at the age of 76. Currently, Mr. Ziona has 38 wives still alive, the 39th wife having died before him.
After Mr Ziona’s demise, he was succeeded by his eldest son Nunparliana, who is currently 60 years old.
Mr Nunparliyana said his multi-generational family of 199 members mainly works as farmers. He also has a carpentry workshop and an aluminum workshop to earn livelihood.
Women of the world’s largest families help in daily work. Photo: Straits Times
The Straits Times quoted Mr Nunparliana as saying that although he inherited his father’s legacy, he was only a shadow of his father.
“We still miss our father and feel incomplete without him” – shared Nunparliana, the eldest child.
Family members and the entire sect respect Mr. Ziona as a “man of God” or “the chosen one,” while the current eldest son’s situation is not as good as that of his late father.
Today, the head of the world’s largest family, Mr. Nunparliana, his two wives and some of his 13 children were sitting on the sofa. Photo: Straits Times
Mrs. Zathiangi (far right), the first of Mr. Ziona’s 39 wives, with several of his grandchildren, some of whom are over 40 years old. Photo: Straits Times
Sharing the story of his family in his 5-storey house with over 100 rooms, Mr Nunparliyana said he has 2 wives and 13 children. However, it appears that the younger generations do not want to continue the practice of polygamy followed by their ancestors.
Currently, Mr. Nunparliana is the only person in the world’s largest family to have multiple wives. Both his wives are sisters and he has no intention of marrying for the third time.
Members of the Chuan Thar Kohran sect founded by Mr Ziona gathered in front of the house to prepare for the prayer ceremony. Photo: Straits Times