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The Diamonds are Kami.
In the Shinto religion, Kami are all-powerful divine spirits. Like gods in polytheistic and henotheistic religions, Kami are the forces of nature and the universe in personified form. Humans pray to them and sometimes answer to them, with temples erected in their name and in their honor. You may as well call them gods, as they are pretty much that in all but name. The Kami possess what it called mitama, four emotional states of being: saki mitama (the joyous side that grants blessings), kushi mitama (wondrous side that induces transformation and curing illness), nigi mitama (harmony and calmness in life) and ara mitama (anger and destruction). These mitama are the four general moods that fight to control the kami, and since kami are embodiments of the basic building blocks of the universe, imbalances between these Eastern humors causes disharmony in nature, such as natural disasters and wars. In the Shinto religion, priests and priestesses are tasked with harmonizing the mitama and placating the kami through acts of worship, keeping them calm and thus bring peace and prosperity to Japan.

In the canon series, the Diamonds are the most powerful gems in existence, being practically unstoppable when it comes to physical battles. They are revered by all gems under them as flawless beings inherently superior to them and all other lifeforms, much in the same way that humans tend to put gods and other idols on pedestals.


The powers of the Diamonds sounds a lot like the sort of things you would hear from gods of human religion, and they are only ever seen using their powers when provoked or when the universe has found an imbalance. Yellow Diamond possesses lightning powers and uses it on gems out of anger, much like a temperamental storm god. Blue Diamond can enforce her own negative emotions onto others, thus when she's miserable, everybody else is miserable. White Diamond can take away one's free will if it defies her own. All three of them and their empire has since lost their harmony when one of their own - Pink Diamond - has been displaced from the "natural order."

The gems in the comic are portrayed as yokai: demons and spirits that are more often than not formed from the stagnation, pollution and imbalance of human souls due to spiritual corruption. In-canon, most of the gems on Earth were corrupted into mindless beasts by the Diamonds as punishment for Pink's "death", and with many of the gems in the comic portrayed as yokai, it is possible that the existence of the yokai populating Japan was a direct cause of the kami due to the emotional imbalance caused by the death of a loved one "Pink" (or even just her absence in the cosmic order, leaving a vacuum of corruption), either having been inflicted (or eventually cured) by the kushi mitama.


With the reveal that Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond were the same person in-canon, this also means that Steven could be half-god, Rose having been rendered mortal due to being away from the Divine realm and her kin for too long and thus dying of childbirth, but her natural immortality allowing her disembodied soul to stay in mortal realm.


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