The household of Zionghaka aka Zion-a, the patriarch of what’s believed to be the world’s largest household, has refused to perform his last rites claiming he’s “still very much alive”. Zion-a, who was affected by hypertension and diabetes, was on Sunday declared useless by docs at Trinity hospital in Aizawl.
The relations, nevertheless, insisted that his physique was heat and his pulse still beating.
The 76-year-old, who lived in a sprawling four-storey house in Baktawng village with 39 wives, over 90 youngsters and no less than 33 grandchildren, headed a spiritual sect Lalpa Kohhran thar.
The sect’s secretary Zaitinkhuma claimed that Zion-a regained pulse beat after he was introduced house from the hospital.
“His (Zion-a) body is still warm. His family members and people of Chhuanthar in Baktawng village can’t bury him under such circumstances,” he stated on Monday.
Zion-a, was the pinnacle of Chana pawl, a minor Christian sect fashioned in 1942 in Mizoram by his father. The sect follows the follow of polygamy. Born in 1945, Zion-a married his first spouse, who was three years older to him, on the age of 17. He married his last spouse in 2004.
“All of them hold the septuagenarian in high regard, and would not want to perform his last rites until they are convinced that he is gone,” Chhuanthar village council president Ramzuava stated. He added that greater than 2,500 members belonging to 433 households are half of the sect.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga, state congress president Lal Thanhawla and Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) chief Lalduhoma amongst others mourned Zion-a’s demise.
His four-storey mansion at Baktawng is a serious vacationer attraction. His household was featured twice by ‘Ripley’s Believe it or not’ in 2011 and 2013.