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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What in the World - Jon and Kate Plus 166

I've got one wife, and even that's too much.

An Indian man has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren - all living under the same roof.

They all live in a four storey building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram state, in India's remote northeast.

"I once married 10 women in one year," said Ziona Chana, 66, according to the Daily Telegraph.

His wives share a dormitory near Ziona's private bedroom and locals said he likes to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.

The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen.

The wives take turns cooking, while his daughters clean the house and do washing. The men do outdoor jobs like farming and taking care of livestock.

The family, all 167 of them, consumes around 200lb of rice and more than 130lb of potatoes a day. They are supported by their own resources and occasional donations from followers.

"Even today, I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry," Ziona said.

"I have so many people to care (for) and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man."

Mr Chana met his oldest wife, who is three years older than he is, when he was 17. He heads a local Christian religious sect, called the Chana, which allows polygamy.

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