Beware of Sects – Indian ‘Christian’ cult leader wants to marry for the 40th time!’

October 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Church, India, Mizoram, newsletter-india

Zionnghaka Chana with his 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren

Zionnghaka Chana with his 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren

Mizoram, October 25, 2011: Zionnghaka Chana wants to marry again!!

With 39 wives and 120 children and grandchildren, the Christian cult leader in Mizoram says that he is still keen to tie the knot one more time.

“I can travel beyond the borders of Mizoram or even India to marry as that would help me to expand my family,” said 67-year-old Zionnghaka Chana.

From a playground to a school and a church, the village of Baktawng resembles any other tribal village but for the fact that the community members belong to one single family of 181 members – 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

“We are all happy and like any other church we believe in the existence of god but the only distinctive difference is that our denomination allows us to marry more than one woman,” said Nunparliana, one of Zionnghaka’s sons.

The family is part of a Christian cult called Channa, named after Zionnghaka’s father Challianchana, who died in 1997.

The cult, founded by Challianchana some time in the early 1930s, is now spread over four generations and boasts of having some 1,700 members.

Challianchana was believed to have had 50 wives, with Zionnghaka being the eldest of his many children. There is no count available of the number of children Challianchana had.

The family members live in a 100-room four-storeyed building perched on a hilltop. The youngest wife sleeps near to Zionnghaka’s bedroom. There is a rotation system among the wives to share his bedroom.

The church leaders, Presbyterian being the dominant denomination, however, reject the cult’s claims to be Christians.

“Christianity does not allow polygamy and hence accepting the cult as Christian does not arise at all. Polygamy is very rare in Mizoram,” said a Presbyterian Synod leader in state capital Aizawl.

There are an estimated 95 Christian cults in Mizoram with diverse practices – some of them do not allow their children to mingle with others and attend school, while some of the sect claim their members to be gods.

– ndtv

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