Man Has 39 Wives, Looking for More

At 66, Ziona Chana is a man on a mission. To find wife number 40, that is.

Chana, a Christian religious sect leader in a remote village that lies between the India-Myanmar-Bangladesh borders, currently has 39 wives, with whom he has produced 94 children, who, on the other hand, have given him 33 grandchildren. But he’s not stopping there. “Even today, I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry,” Chana was quoted as saying.

Chana, whose sect is also called the Chana and counts around 400 families as members, said that he once married ten times in a single year. He married his first wife when he was 17. The man and his whole family live in a four-storey building with 100 rooms. A total of 167 people live in the building. Chana’s wives live in a dormitory near the man of the house’s private room while the children and grandchildren occupy the other rooms. However, the whole family shares a single kitchen.

The Chana sect was established in 1942 and its members believe that they are destined to rule the world.