Some months back, I was given a Thai amulet as a gift from my father (I *think* it's from Thailand). He'd bought it at an auction. Here's the thing: I can't read Thai (or is it Lao or...?), and I know next to nothing about these items. Any information at all will be greatly appreciated!
many thanks, Jikan
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There is crossover between Thai/Lao/Khmer but if you are somewhat familiar with Thai script then it's reasonably obvious that many of the letters are different (like you can see that Cryllic (e.g. Russian) script differs from Roman (e.g. English).
My impression is that a lot of the "magical" stuff in Thailand dates from Khmer empire days (see some of the links I gave), hence the Khmer script. Theravada Buddhism a later overlay...