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As with all other prehistoric, and some historic, cultures, ancient Norse society held ancestor worship in high regard. People depended on the advice of the ancestors to gain knowledge and insight into the issues at hand. This can be clearly seen among the Indigenous Australians, where histories from tens of thousands of years ago have been transmitted through countless generations, forming a view of Aboriginal deep history.
Orally transmitted wisdom was a winning strategy in a world of slow change, where the questions of the day were likely to be the same questions ones ancient ancestors also had to confront. Hence, these ancestors could be certain to give reliable advice on them.
In our times however, where societal and technological change is rapid and the problems most of us face differ greatly from those of our forefathers, such advice is more seldom of any real use.
Some exceptions to this exists, however. Such as with these stanzas from Hávamál, where Odin gives splendid advice on the follies of the use and abuse of alcohol; advice that are as relevant today as when it was first spoken:

"A better burden | may no man bear
For wanderings wide than wisdom;
Worse food for the journey | he brings not afield
Than an over-drinking of ale.
Less good there lies | than most believe
In ale for mortal men;
For the more he drinks | the less does man
Of his mind the mastery hold.
Over beer the bird | of forgetfulness broods,
And steals the minds of men;
With the heron's feathers | fettered I lay
And in Gunnloth's house was held.
Drunk I was, | I was dead-drunk,
When with Fjalar wise I was;
'Tis the best of drinking | if back one brings
His wisdom with him home."
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