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I've seen several different versions of this quotation, but the one constant is:

Woman is a temple built over a sewer.

Other versions expand on this. Adding items such as

Woman is a temple built over a sewer, the gateway to the devil. Woman, you are the devil’s doorway. You should always go in mourning and in rags.

or

Woman is a temple built over a sewer, the gateway to the devil. Woman, you are the devil’s doorway. You led astray one whom the devil would not dare attack directly. It was your fault that the Son of God had to die; you should always go in mourning and rags.

But what is the original source? Putting the first quote in to Google reveals so many different versions that I'm beginning to doubt the existence of a primary source.

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I have found a source (not of the highest quality) claiming that the quote is taken from a work of Tertullian called "De Cultu Feminarum". Unfortunately, the citations I've seen indicate that the quote is from the first volume of this two-volume work. My usual source for the Latin Church Fathers, Migné's Patrologia Latina, contains only the second volume. I haven't found an online copy of the first volume to verify with, but it does look like the quote may be at least properly ascribed.

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