Apparently a very ancient name for the earth goddess, Ila appears in ancient Indian scripture in several contradictory stories that attest to her antiquity while disguising her orginal form.

In the oldest Indian scripture , the Rig Veda, Ila was said to be the goddess-progenitrix of humanity, the earth as producer of living intellegence; in addition, she invented all the food and milk to feed her children. She also invented speech-which streams forth like food-and the first religious rituals.

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