Keyword theory -- question about tagging RAW photos

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Keyword theory -- question about tagging RAW photos

I use several apps to PP my pictures (C1 Pro for Sony, ACDSee, Paintshop Pro).  My photo collection is getting large enough now that I need to tag the photos to find subjects more easily.  So I'm considering getting DAM software, but am running into questions.

1.  I would like to tag RAW files.  Is there a DAM app that does this?

2. I would prefer to embed the tag in the RAW file.  Is this a good idea?  My thinking is that someday I'll croak, and whoever is dealing with my thousands of pictures will delete sidecar files not knowing that they contain necessary cataloging information.  I just want a brainless, sure fire way for descendants to delete my boring artsy flower pictures and to keep the ones tagged "Family."  [I have no interest in saving PP edits in a sidecar file for future retrieval.  If I like a PP job, then I'll save a jpeg copy of the raw file.]

3. I'm assuming DAM app tags will show up in my PP apps.  Is that correct?

Any advice from you more experienced catalogers would be greatly appreciated.

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