Mizoram: Head of the world's largest family laid to rest four days after his demise
Four days after he was declared dead, Ziona's mortal remains were buried in a specially designed grave near his four-storey home, informed village council president Ramzauva.
While Enthangpuia, the priest of the Lalpa Kohhran Thar sect, conducted the funeral rituals of the septuagenarian, some of his wives made obituary references, Ramzauva said, adding that the last rites were performed with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Camera, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets were prohibited at the funeral, he further added.
The religious sect 'Lalpa Kohhran Thar,' headed by Ziona was founded by his uncle way back in 1942. Over 2,500 people belonging to 433 families form a part of this sect, the village council president explained.
Ziona, who is believed to be the patriarch of the world's largest family with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren, was suffering from hypertension and diabetes and breathed his last on Sunday.
As per Mizo traditions, he should have been buried earlier but his family and other religious community members had refused to do so as they were not convinced about his demise.
They claimed that he had regained his pulse and his body was warm.
As per local sources, Nunparliana, Ziona's eldest son, who is in his 50s, is likely to be the next chief of Lalpa Kohhran Thar. He has two wives.
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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