In the picturesque village of Baktawng, where the hills are alive with the sound of 199 family members gathering for meals twice a day, you’ll find the world’s largest known family. Move over sitcom families, because the Zionas have taken the idea of family dinners to a whole new level – imagine Thanksgiving every day, but with more cousins than you can count.

Pu Ziona, the family’s patriarch and former record holder for the world’s largest family, may have left this world, but his legacy lives on. A legacy that involves 38 wives, 89 children, 36 grandchildren, and a complex that looks more like a bustling canteen than a family home. And let’s not forget the four carpentry workshops and one aluminum workshop – because every family needs a side hustle, right?


199 Members! The World’s Largest Family Lives Under One Roof