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"What is the Lethani?" Serious. Tempi looked at me for a long moment, then suddenly burst out laughing. "I do not know. And I cannot tell you." He laughed again. Understatement. "Still we must speak of it." [1]

The Lethani is a Zen-like concept originating with the Adem people encapsulating the essence of correct human action. It is best understood by the more intuitive and ego-less aspect of the mind. Kvothe often realizes its intricacies via spinning leaf.

The Adem have several strict customs surrounding the teaching and discussion of the Lethani.


  1. The Wise Man's Fear, Chapter 87, "The Lethani"