A cantiga is simply a song in Galician-Portuguese, the preferred poetic language of the medieval Iberian peninsula which developed into modern Galician and Portuguese. Cantigas, both sacred and profane, were preserved in cancioneiros, book of poems or anthologies of songs. Their origins, however, lie in the oral traditions rooted in Galician folk lyric. As well as traditional folk influences the cantigas were influenced by learned Latin, French and Arabic poetic styles. The cantigas de amigo may be thought of as stylized versions of regional traditional women's songs. As with all folk traditions and dance are all integral to the created forms, both musical and poetic.