I've been reading a book 'Modern Sex Magick' by Donald Michael Kraig, and there's a section on the sex rites of early Judaism. It covers the spread of Kabbalah and Sex Magic through the Trabadours, Trabartiz, Trouveres, Minsingers and Meistersingers (wandering bards) of Western Europe. These musicians would roam all over Western Europe (12th & 13th Centuries) spreading ideas with their music. The practice is said to have died out around the 14th century, with the plague of the 'Black Death'. Though, there is a more modern revival of the practice.
The texts of the songs dealt mainly in love, courtship, but they also encompassed metaphysical, intellectual and occult philosophies. Many of which, were considered vulgar satires. The songs are broken down into 3 types: Works can be grouped into three styles: the trobar leu
(light), trobar ric
(rich), and trobar clus
(closed). And genres: the most popular being the canso
, but sirventes
The tensos was the most popular in Classical era Italy by the female Trabaritz.
I did a search for origins, and found the wiki page which has all the theories, there's no consensus on their origins.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubadour
"No academic consensus was ever achieved in the area. Today, one can distinguish at least eleven competing theories (the adjectives used below are a blend from the Grove Dictionary of Music
and Roger Boase's The Origins and Meaning of Courtly Love
The link provides a full list of the genres. As well as images of early manuscripts/grammars.
Linky loo for an in depth look at the poetry: