Man With 39 Wives Dies In India

Man With 39 Wives Dies In India

A polygamist and sect leader with 39 wives and at least 127 children and grandchildren has died in northeastern India aged 76, officials have said.

Andrew H. Sweet

Zionnghaka Chana, who lived in the northeastern state of Mizoram as the patriarch of what is believed to be one of the world's largest families, suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

The sect, founded by Mr. Chana's grandfather in the 1930s, has some 1,700 members, including four generations of the Chana family, many of whom carve wooden furniture and make pottery items.

Its philosophy is based on Christian teachings, although leaders from the Presbyterian Church, the main faith in the state, reject Mr. Chana's embrace of polygamy.

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